EL PASO, TX (CelebrityAccess) — Alt rockers Blink-182 were forced to cancel a performance in El Paso on Sunday night in the wake of a deadly mass shooting incident that left 20 people dead at a Walmart on Saturday.
Following the attack, Blink-182 took to social media to announce: “Following today’s terrible tragedy in El Paso we are postponing our Sunday, August 4th show at the UTEP Don Haskins Arena in solidarity with the community. Sending our love to the entire community of El Paso.”
On Saturday, Blink-182’s Mark Hoppus tweeted that he and other members of the tour were “locked down” in their hotel in El Paso, which was located a few miles from the Cielo Vista Mall, where the shooting took place.
“We are locked down in our hotel in el paso. over the intercom system they just announced that there are reports of another active shooter directly across the street at a location different from the first shootings,” Hoppus tweeted.
“We were leaving breakfast when our security texted that there was an active shooter at the mall we were headed to. saw dozens of police cars on the freeway and surface streets. helicopters. we got back to the hotel and turned on the news to see what was happening. Then the intercom said there are reports of another shooting across the street at the bassett place mall. i don’t see or hear police or helicopters so hopefully it’s just an over abundance of caution and someone got the malls confused. so terrible.”
Hoppus later tweeted that the reports of a second shooting was a false alarm.
“update: police confirm report of a separate incident at bassett mall is incorrect. we are still in our hotel. federal agent at the door to the building,” he tweeted.
Blink-182 and their co-headlining act Lil Wayne, are set to resume the tour on Monday night at Ak-Chin Pavilion in Phoenix, AZ.