Police officials said astatine slightest 8 radical were killed and galore others injured successful a crush erstwhile fans surged toward the signifier astatine the Astroworld euphony festival successful Houston connected Nov. 5 portion rapper Travis Scott was performing.
“This is simply a tragic night,” Houston Fire Chief Samuel Peña told a quality league extracurricular NRG Park, the lawsuit venue.
“Eight confirmed fatalities, and we had scores of individuals that were injured,” helium added, describing what occurred arsenic a “mass casualty incident.”
Around 50,000 fans were successful attendance astatine the festival, Peña said, erstwhile astatine astir 9 p.m. “the assemblage began to compress towards the beforehand of the stage, and that caused immoderate panic, and it started causing immoderate injuries.”
“People began to autumn out, go unconscious, and it created further panic,” helium said, adding that exigency effect teams transported 17 radical to country hospitals, with 11 of the victims successful cardiac arrest.
Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo said that immoderate of those taken to infirmary were arsenic young arsenic 10 years old.
“Tonight’s absorption … needs to beryllium connected the families and connected the lives that we lost,” Hidalgo said. “Many of them highly young, tragically young.”
“Our hearts are broken. People spell to these events looking for a bully time, a accidental to unwind, to marque memories,” Hidalgo said. “It’s not the benignant of lawsuit you spell to to find retired astir fatalities.”
The occurrence main said the origin of decease of the 8 deceased volition not beryllium officially known until the aesculapian examiner has completed an investigation.
Houston Police Executive Assistant Chief Larry Satterwhite who was adjacent the beforehand of the assemblage and told reporters astatine the property league that the surge happened abruptly and played retired implicit the people “of conscionable a fewer minutes.”
“Suddenly we had respective radical down connected the ground, experiencing immoderate benignant of cardiac apprehension oregon immoderate benignant of aesculapian episode,” Satterwhite said. “And truthful we instantly started doing CPR, and moving radical close then, and that’s erstwhile I went and met with the promoters, and Live Nation, and they agreed to extremity aboriginal successful the involvement of nationalist safety.”
The occurrence main said that the lawsuit organizers had a “medical component” connected manus to woody with emergencies, but “they were rapidly overwhelmed erstwhile the assemblage started falling out.”
Over 300 radical were treated astatine an exigency tract infirmary acceptable up astatine the venue, Peña said, with implicit 55 Houston Fire Department units aboriginal stepping successful to supply assistance.
The amusement was canceled soon aft the incident, and the Houston Office of Emergency Management aboriginal announced that the Astroworld lawsuit had been canceled for Saturday.
“Please support the 8 victims and the hundreds injured successful your thoughts and prayers,” the bureau wrote successful a tweet.
Houston Police Chief Troy Finner said “it’s precise important that nary of america speculate” astir what caused the surge and to let investigators to implicit their work.
“Nobody has each the answers tonight,” helium said. “We conscionable don’t know. And we volition find out. So, commune for these families.”
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