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Stabbings at Boston Hip-Hop Show

April 4, 2000

BOSTON (AP) _ A fight erupted backstage during a hip-hop concert at the FleetCenter, and at least six people were injured, one critically.

One person was arrested in the Monday night fight.

The approximately 5,000 people in the audience were unaware of the fight while it was happening, police Deputy Superintendent Laurence Robicheau said.

``There was some kind of confrontation between different groups that were either participating in the performance or ... were gathered as VIPs,″ Robicheau said.

The fight broke out before 10 p.m.

The show, sponsored by the Ruff Ryders and Cash Money record labels, was delayed while police and rescue workers responded to the fracas. Promoters asked everyone to leave around 11 p.m. and the top acts, Eve and DMX, never performed.

Some audience members, who paid more than $50 for tickets, chanted ``We want our money back″ as they left.

Five of the victims were stabbed and another was struck on the head with a marble bench. One of the stabbing victims was in critical condition while the other five had injuries that were not life-threatening, said police spokesman Cliff Connolly.

David Smith, 34, of Randolph, was arrested on charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. Police said he hurled a marble bench at another man.

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