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Officers Called to Quell Fighting at Rap Concert Site

Several fights between rival gangs broke out during and after a rap concert at the Universal Amphitheatre late Friday, but no serious injuries were reported, authorities said Saturday.

About 15 Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies and a Los Angeles Police Department helicopter team were summoned about 10 p.m. after at least five fights erupted in the parking lot, said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Sgt. Cecil Rhambo.

No one was seriously injured in the scuffles, and there were no arrests as police and deputies ordered the crowd to disperse, Rhambo said. He said one 20-year-old man suffered facial lacerations in one of the fights.

The gangs also fought inside the amphitheater during the concert, which featured LL Cool J, Slick Rick and De La Soul, Rhambo said. The theater’s security guards rushed in to stop those fights, he said.

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Gangs have fought at the amphitheater during previous rap concerts, Rhambo said. Scuffles broke out during a recent MC Hammer show, but no serious injuries were reported, he said.


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