A tragedy that we now know began on Friday afternoon, at Travis Scott’s Astroworld Festival in Houston, Texas, ended up resulting in 8 deaths and 100’s of attendees being left injured and hospitalized.
While the debacle that led to this occurred later in the night around 9 pm at NRG Park, the issues for the festival began much earlier as social media reports now show. In videos shared by XXL Magazine and Mycah Hatfield from Local ABC 13, it shows how the entrances of the festival were breached with hordes of people storming through the VIP entrance and another shows a massive bottleneck leading to people getting trampled over upon entry.
As we were arriving to the Astroworld Festival at NRG Park right at 2:00, a stampede burst through the gates. Hundreds of people destroyed the VIP security entrance, bypassing the checkpoint. People were trampled. Some were detained.
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— Mycah Hatfield (@MycahABC13) November 5, 2021
— XXL Magazine (@XXL) November 5, 2021
As reported by CNN, “At least eight people are dead and many others were injured after a crowd surged forward as rapper Travis Scott was on stage at the festival on Friday night. The event’s live stream showed Scott pause his performance to look on in confusion as an ambulance with lights flashing pulled into the venue. The festival ended at 10:10 p.m. local time.”
Houston Police chief Troy Finner also confirmed rumors that were going around about a random person injecting drugs into people. In a confirmed incident, a police officer was pricked in the neck and drugged.
Speaking about the incident, he said, “We do have a report of a security officer, according to the medical staff that was out and treated him last night, that he was reaching over to restrain or grab a citizen and he felt a prick in his neck. When he was examined, he went unconscious, they administered Narcan. He was revived and the medical staff did notice a prick similar to what you would get if somebody was trying to inject. That is one part of it.”
After all of this, the festival issued a statement on social media this morning, canceled its second day, and decided to turn off comments on all their posts. In the brief apology, the post said “Our hearts are with the Astroworld Festival family tonight – especially those we lost and their loved ones. We are focused on supporting local officials however we can. With that in mind, the festival will no longer be held on Saturday.”
— ASTROWORLD FEST (@astroworldfest) November 6, 2021
Travis Scott also shared a personal statement saying, “My Prayers go out to the families and all those impacted by what happened at Astroworld Festival.” He also went on to share how he is committed to supporting the Houston PD as they investigate what caused the incident to escalate and end the way it did.”
— TRAVIS SCOTT (@trvisXX) November 6, 2021
While there are still no official reports stating if the deaths or injuries were the results of criminal activity, lack of enough exits, or what the reason was, Finner said his department is investigating any and all possibilities.
“Until we determine what happened, what caused the surge, we don’t know, we will find out. Is there anything criminal? We don’t know” Finner said.
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