Report: Multiple Injuries At Howard University’s Homecoming


/ October 25, 2013

Reports are coming in that people are forcing their way into the gates at Howard University in Washington, D.C. for its annual Homecoming Festival. One of VIBE’s writers on the scene says, “It was crazy because people outside the gates forced their way in.”

NBC News reports:

Just after 3PM Friday, several people tried to rush a gate to the homecoming concert YardFest, at 6th Street NW and Howard Place. Police were called to the scene when people from the other side of the gate pushed back and several individuals were injured.

According to police, at least five individuals were injured as well as two officers who suffered non-life threatening injuries. Story is still developing.


Eight people were injured, including two cops, after people rushed the gates at YardFest, Howard University’s annual concert during Homecoming weekend. All injured parties were taken to the hospital to be treated for minor injuries, including one broken leg.

The venue had reached its 14,000-person capacity when the bum rush began. The festival was postponed about an hour and a half as police regained control of the “public-safety hazard.” In years past, the local fire marshall hadn’t instilled a capacity for the annual event, which sold out on Thursday. Big Sean performed his set, but the show ended at 6PM without performances from Juicy J and ASAP Ferg, who were also on the bill, reports the Washington Post.