Houston officers stated on Saturday they have been nonetheless making an attempt to find out what initially set off the crowd surge that killed eight individuals, together with two youngsters, throughout Travis Scott’s sold-out Astroworld Fest on Friday night time.
During a information convention on Saturday, police launched the victims’ ages: 14, 16, 21, 21, 23, 23, 27. One sufferer stays unidentified. While lots of have been injured within the chaos, Houston Police Chief Troy Turner stated that 25 individuals have been transported to the hospital; 13 are nonetheless hospitalized — together with 5 underneath the age of 18.
“Last night was tragic on many different levels,” Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner stated. “There are a lot of unanswered questions, and over the next several days, several weeks — it could be longer — we’ll take an in-depth look,” Turner stated.
Witnesses described an enormous wave of individuals surging towards the occasion’s major stage, as a timer counted all the way down to Travis Scott’s efficiency.
Houston Police Chief Troy Finner stated that 528 cops — a quantity considerably greater than the 300-plus determine he had initially stated have been on obligation — and 755 non-public safety officers offered by Astroworld organizers Live Nation have been working on the pageant Friday. Finner added that there have been 25 arrests in complete on the pageant, 23 of these have been trespassing, one for possession of marijuana and one for public intoxication.
When requested whether or not metropolis officers and organizers allowed too many individuals to attend the two-day Astroworld Fest, Houston Fire Department Chief Samuel Peña stated that there aren’t any capability limits for out of doors occasions. Astroworld Fest bought 50,000 tickets for each days of the pageant, however he stated there aren’t any guidelines in place to forestall the fest from internet hosting 250,000 individuals if it needed.
Mayor Turner cautioned that “there are a lot of rumors on social media, let me caution people not to buy into the rumors.”
One such rumor is that somebody within the crowd was “injecting” individuals which in flip sparked the group surge.
Chief Finner stated that one unnamed safety officer was given Narcan and revived after being “pricked” by one thing that medical employees stated was in line with a needle. At the time of the press convention, police have been nonetheless making an attempt to determine and find the safety officer.
Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo thanked the Good Samaritans at Astroworld, noting that “it could have been much worse if people hadn’t stepped in.”
“It just breaks your heart, and I know the images we’ve seen are hard to stomach, and I’m sure more will surface that will be hard to stomach,” Hidalgo stated. She added that she would name for an “objective, independent investigation” to find out “if it could have been prevented, or if it was out of everybody’s hands.”
Travis Scott beforehand stated in a press release Saturday morning, “I’m absolutely devastated by what took place last night. My prayers go out to the families and all those impacted by what happened at Astroworld Festival. Houston PD has my total support as they continues to look into the tragic loss of life. I am committed to working together with the Houston community to heal and support the families in need. Thank you Houston PD, Fire Department and NRG Park for their immediate response and support. Love you all.”
Live Nation stated in a press release Saturday to Rolling Stone, “Heartbroken for those lost and impacted at Astroworld last night. We will continue working to provide as much information and assistance as possible to the local authorities as they investigate the situation.”