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Sterling Heights' Show Canceled Over Threat Of Mass Shooting

The Macomb County Sheriff's Department investigated and cleared the park

August 12, 2019 - 7:48 am

(WWJ) The threat of a possible mass shooting is now said to be the reason a concert was canceled at the Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre in Sterling Heights Sunday night. 

Reports say authorities were made aware of the gun violence threat at the hip hop show and began to investigate. The threat was based on a caller who phoned in to Sterling Heights police hours before the show and said they were going to open fire, according to WJBK-TV. 

The Macomb County Sheriff's Department investigated and cleared the park, but Beast Coast “Escape from New York Tour” promoters ultimately made the decision to not go on with the show.

The show featured artists including Joey Bada$$ and Flatbush Zombies.

Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham later explained the first call came in to the Palace of Auburn Hills, and the second to Sterling Heights police. He says they had extra security on hand, but show promoters decided that wasn't enough to salvage the event. Law enforcement is now working to track down the caller. He added if the caller was warning about information they had learned, there would be no charges.

"I will not go into the specifics of each call, but it was enough to raise the attention of  law enforcement and to dig deeper, especially in today's climate," Wickersham told WWJ.

In a release sent earlier in the day, unforeseen circumstances were the reason given for the cancellation at the Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill. 

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