‘Hamilton’ San Francisco Audience Panics At Alleged Gun Incident, Three Injured

Kenny Tucker
February 19, 2019

They then panicked, sending other audience members scrambling. Police believe another audience member earnestly thought the person who experienced the heart attack had been shot.

In a statement posted to Twitter, the theater wrote that "an audience member activated the theater's fire pull station".

The play "Hamilton" was going on at the time the alarm went off, leading to confusion and an "un-organized, rapid exit" of the theater.

Journalist Joe Khalil added that the crowd was "running for the exits and ducking for cover" and that "shouts of "gun" could be heard" while another user said the scene was "pandemonium".

News reports indicate there was a medical emergency in the audience at the Orpheum Theater that precipitated the incident.

During the ensuing chaos, people were jumping in police patrol cars, fearing an active shooter.

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The fire department said "the incident was not an intentional act".

Paramedics managed to restart the heart of the man who had collapsed and he was taken to hospital where he remains in a critical condition.

The panic-driven exodus led to two people having "moderate injuries" and a third suffering a broken leg. Once the panic had abated, most attendees returned inside to watch the end of the show.

Along with SHN, the owners of the Orpheum, we remain dedicated to protecting the safety of our audiences and our own company members in every city where Hamilton plays.

"I was in the balcony with my 6 and 9 year old", Laura Lasnier tweeted. There was mass chaos and absolutely no support and direction from SHN staff.

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