Chaos, mass panic at San Francisco performance of "Hamilton"

By Caroline Linton

/ CBS News

There was chaos and mass panic at a San Francisco performance of "Hamilton" Friday night after an audience member suffered a medical emergency, police told CBS News. CBS Sacramento reporter Shirin Rajee was watching the show at the Orpheum Theatre when people ducked and ran out of the theater, with at least one person yelling "gun," she reported.

Police told CBS News a woman in the audience suffered a medical emergency at the same time there were fake gunshots on stage. Members in the audience believed the two events were connected and began to "self-evacuate."

A San Francisco Fire Department security officer was working security at the door and responded when audience members began to evacuate. During the ensuing chaos, people were jumping in police patrol cars, fearing an active shooter, Rajee reported.

Three people suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the chaos, police said. The woman who suffered the medical emergency is in the hospital in critical condition.

It's unclear if the show went on.

Hamilton cast walking back to the theater after a medical emergency panicked our audience. #hamilton #shnsf #HamiltonSF pic.twitter.com/P1E7BH84hN

— Sam (@sam1sf) February 16, 2019

First published on February 16, 2019

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