Blink-182's Mark Hoppus Says the Band Was ''Locked Down'' in Hotel Following the El Paso Shooting

The band shared an update an hour ago.

By Alyssa Morin Aug 03, 2019 10:31 PMTags
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UPDATE: Blink-182 announced on Twitter on Saturday evening, "Following today's terrible tragedy in El Paso we are postponing our Sunday, August 4th show at the UTEP Don Haskins Arena in solidarity with the community. Please stay tuned for further updates coming soon. Sending our love to the entire community of El Paso."


Blink-182's Mark Hoppus is opening up about Saturday's events in Texas.

He alerted fans that he and his bandmates were "locked down" in their El Paso hotel room following the tragic mass shooting in the city.

Early on Saturday, reports surfaced that a shooting occurred at a shopping center, leaving several people dead. Hoppus took to Twitter to update fans on the current situation. He explained the band was headed to a nearby mall when their security team told them an active shooter was close to their destination.

"We are locked down in our hotel in el paso. over the intercom system they just announced that there are reports of another active shooter directly across the street at a location different from the first shootings," Hoppus wrote on Twitter. "We were leaving breakfast when our security texted that there was an active shooter at the mall we were headed to. saw dozens of police cars on the freeway and surface streets. helicopters. we got back to the hotel and turned on the news to see what was happening."

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He continued, "the intercom said there are reports of another shooting across the street at the bassett place mall. i don't see or hear police or helicopters so hopefully it's just an over abundance of caution and someone got the malls confused. so terrible."

However, NBC News reported that there were two suspected shooters, not two separate shootings, at a Walmart near El Paso's Cielo Vista Mall on Saturday morning. 

Upon hearing the news reports, the blink-182 star later updated his tweets. "update: police confirm report of a separate incident at bassett mall is incorrect. we are still in our hotel. federal agent at the door to the building," he tweeted.

The band is scheduled to play in the city at Don Haskins Center tomorrow, August 4. They are currently on tour with Lil Wayne.

According to NBC News, one male suspect is in custody, along with a second person (who is also suspected in the shooting). It's being reported that at least 19 people have died and 40 are injured.