Authorities are still combing the scene of the tragedy in Houston, where at least eight have been confirmed dead, including a 14-year-old. The disaster happened in a Travis Scott concert on Friday night as crowds surged towards the stage. Others were injured as ambulances rushed in to resuscitate the victims. All this went on as the show continued.
The Friday concert was the deadliest since the 2017 mass shooting in Las Vegas. It happened at around 9:30 pm during Travis Scott’s performance. The rapper who hails from Houston founded the Astroworld Festival in 2018.
At a news conference on Saturday, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner vowed to investigate the incident thoroughly. The Mayor added that there were a lot of unanswered questions regarding the tragedy, and it could take weeks for the investigations to conclude.
Scene of Havoc
Authorities have determined that about 50,000 people attended the outdoor event at NRG Park. Houston Fire Chief Samuel Pena said that the crowd began suppressing towards the front of the stage, an act that caused panic and which resulted in some injuries.
Some witnesses described a scene of havoc and confusion. 25-year-old Gerardo Abad Garcia said that he was compressed like a sardine in a can.
He added, “There was like no airflow in there. It was just like primal instinct: I had to get out,”
The Music Continued
As the havoc continued, the music kept playing. At some point, Travis Scott acknowledged an ambulance on the festival floor. He then paused for a minute and said – “Y’all know what you came to do.” The music started again, and the concert continued.
According to the figures, 25 people were taken to the local hospitals, including a 10-year-old in critical condition.
Authorities also report that some victims suffered from cardiac arrests, although autopsies are still pending. One security guard was treated for Narcan, a drug used for opioid overdose. The guard reportedly felt a needle prick while responding to the crowd rush.