Fans of 15-year-old singing sensation Justin Bieber might typically run a bit younger than most chart-toppers — but as the "One Time" singer learned Friday (November 20), that apparently doesn't make them any less dangerous.
A young girl was hospitalized after fans mistakenly started a stampede at the Roosevelt Field Mall on Long Island, New York.
Moments after the incident, Bieber updated his fans with a message on his Twitter account. Alluding to a difficult day for himself, his fans and security team, he tweeted, "The event at roosevelt mall is cancelled. please go home. the police have already arrested one person from my camp. I dont want anyone hurt."
According to TMZ, which spoke with employees at an Abercrombie Kids store near the melee, someone in the mall falsely screamed that Bieber was inside their store, causing a flood of young kids rushing toward his mistaken location. In addition to the young girl's hospitalization, several fights allegedly occurred.
In addition, Newsday reported that by 2:30 p.m. Friday afternoon, the crowds had grown so big and unwieldy that Nassau County police were called in. The crowds had gathered for a performance at the tween clothing store Justice, where Bieber was scheduled to perform songs from his eight-song CD My World, which just came out on Tuesday.
After many fans had waited in line for a day or more, Bieber (who recently co-starred with Diddy in the YouTube clip "Justin Bieber's 48 Hours with Diddy") learned that many of them hadn't left the mall, even after the incident with the injured girl. As the Nassau County police attempted to get the crowd to disperse, Bieber used Twitter to ask his followers to leave.
"[The girls] are inside crying," fan Alexandra Levine told Newsday. "They don't want to come out because they think he will still show up."