Blink-182 Bass Player on Lockdown at Hotel Near Texas Shooting

August 3, 2019

Bink-182 bass player Mark Hoppus tweeted on Saturday that he was on lockdown at a hotel while a shooting unfolded nearby in El Paso, Texas.

The tweets came shortly after 18 people were shot at an area Walmart earlier in the afternoon, according to reports. There are multiple fatalities and three people are in custody.

"We are locked down in our hotel in el paso," the bassist tweeted. "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."

Shortly afterwards, he tweeted again after receiving an update via hotel intercom.

"The intercom said there are reports of another shooting across the street at the bassett place mall," the bassist and singer said. "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."

At 4:10p.m. ET, the bassist clarified an earlier tweet about a possible second incident, writing: "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."

Blink-182 are currently on tour with Lil Wayne and scheduled to play the Haskins Center in El Paso on Sunday, Aug. 4.

Earlier in the day, local police and federal authorities responded to an active shooter at the Cielo Vista Mall in the eastern part of El Paso. Police confirmed to multiple outlets that the shooting was at a Walmart near Hawkins and Gateway East boulevards.

Olivia Zepeda, chief of staff to to El Paso Mayor Dee Margo, said multiple people have been killed in the shooting.

Mayor Margo said three suspects are in custody and that there is currently no threat to the public.