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Neck Deep Put On Lockdown By Police Following Fatal Shooting

A fatal shooting outside of a local bar caused members of the Welsh pop-punk band, Neck Deep, to be put on police lockdown. The band, who were touring the U.S. as part of the 2017 Vans Warped Tour, were in between shows—having just performed in Wilmington, NC on July 4th—and were en route to their next stop, at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Charlotte, NC.

According to tweets from the band’s bassist, Fil-Thorpe Evans, the fatal shooting happened just outside the bar, prompting police to place the establishment on lockdown.

“FYI last night, a few of us were in a bar [during a] police lock down, because there was a fatal shooting literally outside,” Thorpe-Evans said, explaining that police had instructed them to hide behind the bar. “Was pretty scary stuff.”

According to Thorpe-Evans, the purpose of his tweet was to “remind everyone to be safe out there, [as] the world can be a scary place.”

Perhaps, scariest of all is how the fatal shooting comes a little more than a month after the Manchester Arena attack, which took the lives of 23 people, following an Ariana Grande concert.

Neck Deep formed in 2012 when vocalist Ben Barlow met the group’s former lead guitarist, Lloyd Roberts—who has since been removed from the band’s line-up, following allegations of sexual misconduct with an underage girl made in 2015.

Roberts subsequently stepped down from his position in the band as a result of the allegations and was replaced by Sam Bowden, former guitarist of British hardcore punk groups, Climates and Blood Youth, who has been working with the group on their third studio album, The Peace and The Panic, available August 18th, from Hopeless Records.

 

Despite the active-shooter scare on July 5th, members of Neck Deep plan to continue with the U.S. leg of the tour, in anticipation of their forthcoming studio album.

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