SAN FRANCISCO: Mass Panic At Hamilton Performance After False Shooter Alarm, Three Hospitalized [VIDEO]

The San Jose Mercury News reports:

A medical emergency at the Orpheum Theater in San Francisco triggered an alarm about a potential active shooter during a performance of the hit musical “Hamilton,” leading the audience to evacuate.

There was no shooter, and the evacuation was set off by a woman’s unspecified medical emergency about 9:50 p.m. Friday, said Officer Joseph Tomlinson, a spokesman for the San Francisco Police Department.

“There was a woman that had a medical emergency, and while that was happening there was gunfire in the performance and the crowd, for whatever reason, connected the two, thought there was a shooter,” Tomlinson said.

USA Today reports:

Videos posted to social media show people frantically piling out of the Orpheum Theatre as armed officers responded to the scene. The “Hamilton” cast was also evacuated, prompting a round of applause once they were able to return to the theater. However, the show did not continue.

The San Francisco Fire Department said three people required hospitalization as a result of the panic – one with a broken leg and two with “moderate injuries.” The woman whose medical emergency triggered the confusion was also rushed to a hospital with “life-threatening injuries,” Tomlinson told USA TODAY.