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Eight People Killed, Hundreds Injured in Stampede at Travis Scott’s Astroworld Fest [Updated]

Police say a large crowd stormed to the front of the stage during Scott's performance

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    Eight people were killed and hundreds more were injured at Travis Scott’s Astroworld Festival in Houston on Friday night after a large crowd stormed to the front of the stage.

    The deceased included two children, aged 14 and 16, respectively. Among the other victims were two 21 year olds, two 23 year olds, and a 27 year old. The age of the eighth victim has not been determined.

    According to Houston’s mayor, Sylvester Turner, 25 people were transported by ambulance to local hospitals. As of Saturday afternoon, 13 people are still hospitalized, including five who are under the age of 18. Over 300 people were treated at a “field hospital” set up at the festival.

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    “The crowd began to compress towards the front of the stage, and that caused some panic, and it started causing some injuries,” Houston Fire Chief Samuel Peña told reporters. “People began to fall out, become unconscious, and it created additional panic.”

    “Suddenly we had several people down on the ground, experiencing some type of cardiac arrest or some type of medical episode,” Houston Police Executive Assistant Chief Larry Satterwhite explained.  “And so we immediately started doing CPR, and moving people right then, and that’s when I went and met with the promoters, and Live Nation, and they agreed to end early in the interest of public safety.”

    Houston Police Chief Troy Finner said an investigation has been launched to determine what caused the surge. “I’m sending investigators to the hospitals because we just don’t know,” Chief Finner told reports. “We’re going to do an investigation and find out, because it’s not fair to producers, to anybody else involved, until we determine what happened, what caused the surge.”

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    During a press conference on Saturday, Chief Finner did confirm a report that an unknown individual may have injected other people with drugs. “We do have a report of a security officer… who was reaching over to restrain a citizen and he felt a prick in his neck,” Chief Finner said. “He went unconscious and they administered Narcan and he was revived. The medical staff did notice a prick that was similar to if somebody was trying to inject.” Chief Finner also said Narcan was administered to other individuals over the course of the evening. Update – November 10th: During a press conference on Wednesday, Chief Finner said the security guard has changed his story and no longer claims he was injected with drugs.

    The surge occurred around 9:30 p.m. local time during Scott’s headlining set. At the time, Drake had joined Scott on-stage for a surprise performance.

    After being alerted to the medical situation on the ground, Scott and the festival’s promoter, Live Nation, agreed to cancel the remainder of the set. The second and final day of Astroworld, set to take place on Saturday, has also been canceled.

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    “We are focused on supporting local officials however we can,” Astroworld organizers said in a statement. “Our hearts are with the Astroworld Festival Family tonight—especially those we lost and their loved ones.”

    Scott struck a similar tone in a statement released Saturday morning. “I’m absolutely devastated by what took pace last night. My prayers go out to the families and all of those impacted by what happened at Astroworld Festival,” he said. “Houston PD has my total support as they continue 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.”

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