Blink-182 Postpones El Paso Show, Is Locked Down During Shooting
Blink-182 postponed its show in El Paso, Texas on Sunday night (August 4th) "in solidarity with the community" after the horrific mass shooting at a Wal-Mart in the city on Saturday (August 3rd) that left 20 dead and more than two dozen more wounded.
Blink bassist Mark Hoppus tweeted that he and his bandmates were "locked down" in their hotel during the shootings, saying that he was en route to the mall where the Wal-Mart was located when his security team informed him that there was an active shooter there.
They returned to their hotel, where news broke of a second possible shooting nearby. Hoppus wrote, "Over the intercom system they just announced that there are reports of another active shooter directly across the street at a location different from the first shootings."
Police later assessed there was no second incident, but Hoppus, the band and crew saw the panic firsthand. As Hoppus described: "We were leaving breakfast when our security texted that there was an active shooter at the mall we were headed to. Saw dozens of police cars on the freeway and surface streets. Helicopters. We got back to the hotel and turned on the news to see what was happening."
The alleged suspect in the shootings, a 21-year-old white male from the Dallas area named Patrick Crusius, was taken into custody by El Paso police. He is alleged to have targeted Hispanics in his attack, based on an anti-Hispanic, anti-immigrant manifesto that he reportedly posted online minutes before the attack.