Punters at Stereosonic Sydney and their families and friends were freaking out yesterday after a semi-legitimate Facebook page claimed that a shooting had taken place at the event.
The page – Police in the Area – posted a picture of a pistol being held by a hand in a white glove, which was sent out to the page’s 76,000+ followers.
A caption accompanying the picture read:
Someone has been shot at stereosonic cops everywhere at plympic park parramatta road”
Twitter was also abuzz with news about the apparent shooting – you can see a few tweets on the topic at the bottom of the page.
However, it appears that the incident was a complete hoax. Several Facebook users commented on the picture once it was posted, saying they knew nothing about a shooting taking place. They also slammed the page’s operators for posting such a status.
Stacey Mallouhi wrote: “No one I know who was there heard anything about a shooting. Putting up a post about a shooting without confirmation of it isn’t nice. My niece was there and my Aunty was freaking out.”
Lisa Rigby wrote: “who eva did this stinks my son was there.”
The flurry of chatter about a supposed shooting at Stereosonic came less than 24 hours after a man was shot dead by police at the Redfern Mall after stealing a truck and threatening to run over bystanders.
Really curious to see the news reports about this stereosonic shooting
— Toby Norman Bramley (@akaNorman) November 24, 2012