Ninety-eight percent of Trae Day went exactly as advertised. There were moonwalks and video-game trailers for the kids, local merchants selling various CDs and DVDs, a few actual celebrities and a general feeling of community pride throughout. Then they started shooting. At approximately 8:30 p.m. - 30 minutes after Trae announced to the crowd that the Fire Marshal had shut down Trae Day - roughly ten to 15 shots were fired in the TSU stadium parking lot. We'll take a guess and say it was some sort of automatic weapon - the shots seemed to come in rapid succession - but we're basing that guess on our own knowledge of gunshot sounds, culled mostly from Steven Seagal movies, so take from that what you will. There were still numerous people around when it happened, most running for cover as soon as they realized what was going on. An ambulance was seen shortly after bullying its way through the snarl of traffic heading away from the scene, lights and horns blaring. "He's depressed. It was none of his people. Trae's camp was not involved in any way. It was some dumb kids not affiliated with him at all," Trae's publicist Nancy Byron told Rocks Off at 10 p.m. Wednesday. "He feels like it was a black eye on what was an otherwise positive community-driven event. Somebody tries to do something positive..." According to unconfirmed reports from Fox 26 News, as many as five people were shot at multiple locations around the TSU campus. Any injuries or fatalities were unclear at the moment. We'll keep you posted as updates roll in.
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