News: Club Owner Speaks Fabolous' Concert Shooting, Claims Police Said "They Weren't Coming"
Monday, Aug 31, 2009 12:05PM
The Pennsylvania nightclub owner of the venue where Fabolous' concert ended in gunfire earlier this month has come forward to speak about the two victims and why the rapper's late start could have sparked the gunfire.
According to Crocodile Rock Cafe's Joe Clark, the shoot-out could have possibly been avoided if Fab followed the concert schedule.
"It was only around 700 people," he said in an interview. "It was fine, the show was fine. The job was done. There was nobody even ejected. I had plenty of security. I mean this happened at 2:30 a.m. when all our security leaves...The last couple of times police haven't shown up for certain shows. I was wondering if they were coming that night. So, they put me on hold and went to check it out and came back to tell me they weren't coming...So I called the promoter and told them that they are saving money on police, but I want five more security guards...So what happened is that he got the guards, and the show went on. What makes me ill about these artists is that they come in, the show is supposed to be over by 1 a.m., but they don't go on til 1:15. I don't want the crowd here at 2 a.m., and we demonstrated that in so many, many show...We've had lots of rap shows. We always tend to step up security for rap shows...Properly managed, it can be done. But then we got the stigma factor out there that rap concerts are problems. Look again, I called the police and they couldn't come." (Mcall News)
Fabolous' concert last week ended with a man and woman being shot and rushed to a nearby hospital.
A man and a woman were shot outside Crocodile Rock Cafe on Hamilton Street in downtown Allentown early this morning following a rap concert, according to city police. The shooting occurred in Crocodile Rock's parking lot off S. Sixth Street around 2:30 a.m. and the two people who were shot were taken to Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest by ambulance, said Allentown Capt. Dean Schwartz. Schwartz said the investigation into the shooting continues. (Allentown Morning Call)
Details on the injuries were later revealed.
The victims were shot just before 2:30 a.m. at a parking lot off of 6th and Type Streets, just south of Hamilton Street. The man had been shot in his face, and the woman suffered a bullet wound to her arm, according to investigators. (WFMZ)
Despite the shooting, Fab performed the following night in New York City to kick-off his Reebok Classic Concert Series which did not see any violence.
Fabolous' one-night New York City showcase was a night to remember. From a live band consisting of a guitar player, guy on the keyboard, drums and Fab's sidekick Paul Cain serving as a lyrical hype man, the rapper switched back-and-forth from slow cuts like "Into You" and "Baby Don't Go" to more stellar records for the fellas a la "Keepin' It Gangsta" and "Breathe." Even though kids who purchased their pairs of Reeboks (which Fab rocked with his army fatigue shorts) may have gone with their parents, Fab showed no concerns with his verbal messages throughout the night: "New York City, what the f*ck is up man," he asked the screaming crowd during his intro. "How y'all feel this evening? I don't know what y'all think I came here to do, but I'ma do it." (SOHH On The Scene)
Check out one of Fabolous' recent performances below: