A performance by The Avett Brothers had to be cancelled when a man brought a gun into the venue and then disappeared into the crowd.
In a statement on The Avett Brothers website, the band explains why their show in Troutdale, Oregon, was cancelled.
“This evening, during the admission process at our show at the Edgefield McMenamins in Troutdale, Oregon, an individual passing through the metal detector was found to be carrying a gun,” reads the statement. “When confronted by the security guard and informed of the no-firearm policy of the venue, the individual stated that he was an out-of-state police officer and showed a badge. The security guard then asked the individual to wait for the manager so his entry could be confirmed. The individual disregarded her instructions and ventured immediately into the size-able audience. After an exhaustive search of the venue by the security staff of both the band and the venue, the individual was not located.”
The “obvious threat posed by someone in the audience with a firearm,” the statement continues, resulted in the decision to cancel the performance in order to ensure the safety of concertgoers.
“It was unfortunate that such action had to be taken, but we have no regret in being in a position to make a decision which helps to keep our fans safe,” adds the statement. “We look forward to making this performance up at the earliest possible juncture. Once the details are sorted for this, we will get the word out immediately.”