HOUSTON (AP) – Texas officials say at least eight people have died and many more have been injured following an influx of crowds during a performance by rapper Travis Scott at the Astroworld music festival on Friday night .
The Associated Press reported that officials said it was a “mass incident” just after 9 p.m. Friday.
At a press conference on Saturday, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said the victim’s age ranged from 14 to 27.
“Last night was tragic on many different levels, and it’s a very, very active investigation, and we’ll probably be there for a while to figure out what exactly happened,” Turner said. .
Turner said one victim was 14, one was 16, two were 22, two were 23, one was 27 and one remains unknown at this time.
The unknown victim was a male, officials said.
Turner said six of the eight family members had been notified.
“There are a lot of unanswered questions. Over the next few days, several weeks could be even longer. We will be taking a deep look at everything that happened,” Turner said.
Turner said the incident was being investigated to find out what happened and where the missteps occurred.
They are also in contact with the people of Travis Scott.
Turner added that it’s too early to draw conclusions about what went wrong.
Houston County Judge Lina Hidalgo has called for an objective and independent investigation into the Astroworld incident and called on county agencies to cooperate.
“What I know so far is that LiveNation and Astroworld developed a sitemap, that they were at the table with the City of Houston agencies and the Harris County Power Park. that the plans were inadequate. Perhaps they weren’t followed. responses, “Judge Hidalgo said.
The Houston fire chief told reporters the crowd began to compress towards the front of the stage, causing some people to panic.
The show was canceled shortly after people started to suffer from injuries.
The fire chief said 17 people were rushed to hospitals, including 11 people who were in cardiac arrest.
According to the media outlet, it is not clear whether the eight people who died were among the 17 people taken to hospitals.
Mayor Turner told reporters on Saturday that 13 people were still in hospital, including five under the age of 18.
An estimated 50,000 people attended the festival.
Mayor Turner said 528 Houston police officers were providing security at Astroworld. There were also 750 LiveNation security guards on site.
In a statement, Scott said he was “absolutely devastated” by what had happened and that the Houston Police Department had their “full support.”
Drake had also joined Scott on stage at the concert, which was broadcast live by Apple Music.
Saturday’s show was canceled, the AP reported.
Mayor Turner said the Astroworld incident is now seen as an active homicide and narcotics investigation.