Diplo was in São Paulo this week to take part in Brazil’s famed Carnival celebrations. However, what was supposed to be a festive street party DJ’ed by the superstar producer quickly turned into the frantic scene of a shooting.
The incident took place Tuesday right as the 41-year-old artist was about to begin his set. According to Remezcla, the shooting was the result of a dispute amongst audience members,
“According to witnesses at the scene, the shootout took place after a man attempted to snatch a chain off of someone’s neck in the audience. The victim pulled out a gun and shot the alleged thief in the stomach and a woman in the thigh (witnesses suggest she might have been friends or associates with the alleged thief, and got caught in the crossfire as a result).”
As soon as gunfire rang out, security detail rushed to Diplo, who was performing on a stage that reportedly sat atop a truck. “Everyone on top of the truck bent down and security guards went to protect Diplo,” one witness told local publication UOL. “Someone heard a shot and warned the people who were on top of the truck to duck. When everything calmed down, the security guards removed him [Diplo] from the truck.”
“This breaks my heart that someone was hurt during a party.. All I can ask God for is that he can protect everyone when we are gathering to celebrate.. We want all our shows to be a safe place. I know that Brazil is considered dangerous from outsiders but I have been coming here for 20 years and have never seen this kind of violence until today.. People tell me that I’m lucky.. in the aftermath I know everyone is alive but I’m praying for them and I know it’s not going to change the carnival spirit.”
One of Diplo’s posts included a video featuring audio of the actual gunshots. “You can [see] in the second video on my story there was gunshot [sic] during the song and some brave security rushed to the side of the truck…” he captioned the clip.
Despite the scary situation, there are no reported fatalities, as Diplo noted in his post.
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Fico muito triste em saber que pessoas foram feridas em um momento de alegria e felicidade como o Carnaval. Faz 20 anos que venho ao Brasil e foi a primeira vez que testemunhei qualquer tipo de violência. Mas não devemos deixar que isso acabe com a liberdade trazida pelo espírito do Carnaval. This is a tough country.. It's bullet proof, maybe even invincible.. Its definitely blessed.. We were actually ready 15 minutes later to get on and do a show for everyone in Sao Paulo just as we made sure the medical teams were good.. But that's when thunder and lightning started to pour down as if Brazil started to cry. I will see you next year Sao Paulo because you know we love you💛💚💙
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O Dj Diplo do @majorlazer foi retirado a pressas do trio elétrico onde se apresentaria para o publico paulistano após tiros acertarem um rapaz no abdômen e uma jovem na perna. O incidente causou pânico entre os foliões e aconteceu na Avenida Henrique Schaumann em Pinheiros SP. 📷Amauri Nehn @agenciabrazilnews #carnaval2020🎭 #foliões #blocoderua #violência #tiros #policias @arfocsp #djdiplo #majorlazer