- The Washington Times - Sunday, May 26, 2002

More than 30 concert-goers were injured most of them slightly in a mosh pit stampede while rapper Eminem was performing last night during the annual WHFS-FM music festival at RFK Stadium, officials said.
A 20-year-old man had trouble breathing and suffered a heart attack during the melee and was taken to Washington Hospital Center, D.C. fire spokesman Alan Etter said. He was in critical condition late last night, an emergency room worker said.
The man "went into cardiac arrest," Mr. Etter said. "He was in serious condition when our paramedics dropped him off."
The fire spokesman said paramedics used a defibrillator and also inserted a tube into the man's throat to help him breathe.
Four others were taken to hospitals with injuries not considered to be life-threatening, Mr. Etter said. The rest were treated at the scene for less serious injuries.
"There were fights and a lot of pushing and shoving," said Brent Turner, 17, of Damascus, who said he witnessed the disturbance.
Shortly after 8 p.m., when Eminem first appeared, the crowd at the "HFStival 2002" surged toward the stage, Mr. Etter said. Mose of those injured apparently were trampled and banged around, he said.
"There certainly was a heightened sense of excitement when he came on," Mr. Etter said. "There was a rush to the stage and that's when the injuries occurred.
"There were potential broken bones and strained limbs and backs, but nothing I would characterize as being life threatening other than the individual who went into cardiac arrest," he said.
Eminem resumed his performance after a brief delay, while police officers calmed the crowd.
There also were assaults at the concert connected with drinking and drug use, the fire spokesman said, but he was not aware of any arrests. The concert began in the afternoon, providing an opportunity for some fans at the yearly event to drink heavily.
The two-day concert was to continue today as scheduled. The festival, sponsored by radio station WHFS-FM, included music acts on several stages.

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