U2 Sweden Concert Canceled After Gunman Gets In Venue
U2’s concert on Sunday in Stockholm was canceled after many fans were already in the Globe Arena because an armed man was allegedly allowed inside the venue. The individual, who still has not been apprehended, supposedly told security at the venue that he was a police officer, and that he simply “forgot to leave [his] gun at work” before gaining entrance into the Globe Arena.
Stockholm Police spokesman Kjell Lindgren said fans were evacuated from the venue because security checks were not “done in the proper way.” While the spokesman wouldn’t comment on the gunman, who has still not been apprehended, Lindgren acknowledged, “We are investigating a crime against Swedish weapon laws.” U2 later apologized on its website for the concert’s cancelation, noting, “Safety is the priority.”
According to fans at the concert, both inside the Globe Arena and those waiting to get in, there was talk that the venue had a ticketing problem, but police sources confirm there was an armed individual. At around 8:50 p.m., well after the concert should have begun, chaos reportedly broke out when unaware fans were told they needed to get out of their seats and leave the venue.
The concert, which was to have been U2’s third of four shows in Sotckholm, has been rescheduled to Tuesday. Gossip Cop will update as more information emerges.