INGLEWOOD (CBSLA.com) — Security is being ramped up at the Forum in Inglewood, where Chris Brown and 50 Cent will perform Tuesday night, in the wake of a bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England.
Bomb-sniffing dogs, metal detectors and motorcycle officers were all security measures that help ease Kimberly Young’s fears of bringing her daughter to the Chris Brown concert for her 13th birthday.
“I kept thinking like ‘oh my god, like we already had tickets, it’s really too late to not come,’” Young said.
Fearing a repeat of Manchester, she made sure to talk with her daughter and friends about how to stay safe.
“She just told me to make sure that we stay together so nothing happen bad to us,” Bree Young said.
Employees have confirmed that security is being tightened for Tuesday night’s sold-out concert at the Forum, which holds 17,000 people.
The usual security measures for a venue like the Forum will be in place — including metal detectors and bomb-sniffing dogs — but officials say they are adding measures to the parking lot and immediate exterior of the arena. More police officers will be brought in, and the Forum’s officials likewise will work closely with the LAPD.
“You know you have to be concerned,” said Vee Jones, who comes to the Forum to exercise in the parking lot. “But at the same time, you can’t let those who are evil win.”
Monday night’s attack killed 22 people, and injured 59 others. At least one person is in custody in connection with the attack, 23-year-old Salman Abedi, but police say the actual bomber was killed in the attack. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the bombing.
Eighteen-year-old Georgina Callendar was the first victim identified by authorities.
The LAPD says there is no credible threat to public venues, but security is being tightened as a precaution.