Travis Scott concertgoer ‘injected security guard with drug before stampede’
Police investigating the crowd stampede at Travis Scott’s music festival have claimed that a concertgoer injected a security guard at the event. Eight people, aged between 14- 27, tragically died at the Astroworld Festival that took place in Houston, Texas on Friday. Victims included a 14-year-old, a 16-year-old, two 21-year-olds, two people aged 23 and a 27-year-old, while the age of one victim is unknown, the Mayor of Houston, Sylvester Turner, confirmed on Saturday.
Twenty-five people were admitted to the hospital and 13 are still receiving treatment, including five under the age of 18. And during a press conference on Saturday, Houston Police Chief Troy Finner told the press that a member of security passed out at the festival after appearing to be injected in the neck by a concertgoer. He told: “One of the narratives was that some individual was injecting other people with drugs.
We do have a report of a security officer, according to the medical staff that was out and treated him last night,’ Houston Chief of Police Troy Finner said at Saturday’s conference.
Eight people died at Travis Scott’s music festival (WireImage,)
“He was reaching over to restrain or grab a citizen and he felt a prick in his neck. “He went unconscious, they administered Narcan. He was revived, and medical staff did notice a prick similar to a prick you would get if somebody was trying to inject,” he added.
The cop did not share what was injected into the security workes and there have not been any reports of concertgoers being injected with drugs.
Houston Police Chief Troy Finner gave a press conference on Saturday
Fans died after a crowd surge while Travis was performing at around 9pm on Friday for the opening night of the two-day festival. It has been reported that the rapper had to pause his set multiple times during his 75-minute performance after seeing fans in distress in the crowd as well as asking security to help. Earlier today, Travis spoke out about the tragic incident at the event with a statement on Twitter.
He penned: “I am 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,” he wrote.
He told that a member of security passed out at the festival after appearing to be injected in the neck by a concertgoer
Travis added: “Houston PD has my total support as they continue to look into this tragic loss of life. “I am committed to working together with the Houston community to heal and support the families in need.
Thank you to Houston PD, Fire Department and the NRG Park for their immediate response and support.” Houston Fire Department transported 17 people to hospitals, with 11 of those people suffering cardiac arrests. Houston Police Chief Troy Finner said: “We had at least eight confirmed fatalities tonight and scores of individuals that were injured.
Victims included a 14-year-old, a 16-year-old, two 21-year-olds, two people aged 23 and a 27-year-old, while the age of one victim is unknown
“The crowd began to compress towards the front of the stage, and that caused some panic, and it started causing some injuries.
People began to fall out, become unconscious, and it created additional panic.” Officials said a crowd began to rush towards the stage at about 9.15pm local time and revellers began passing out because they couldn’t breathe, KHOU reported. Within 15 minutes, overwhelmed officials had declared a mass casualty incident because there were so many victims.
Houston Fire Chief Samuel Pena said hundreds of people were treated at the scene for injuries.
300 attendees sought medical attention at a field hospital that was set up at the venue
“The crowd began to compress toward the front of the stage, and people began to panic,” he said. Mr Pena said there were around 50,000 people in the crowd when it happened. Officials also revealed that more than 300 attendees sought medical attention at a field hospital that was set up at the venue.
The cause of the surge is currently being investigated by police and promoters Live Nation. Travis’ set was scheduled to be streamed live on Apple Music to 167 countries and regions, but it was stopped when the conditions became too dangerous and people began getting hurt. The second day of the festival has been cancelled due to Friday night’s tragedies.
Travis released a statement after the event (Twitter/TravisScott)
As well as performances from some of hip hop’s biggest names, Astroworld also featured a huge fairground and carnival attractions with prizes such as limited-edition Nike trainers.
A statement from event bosses 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.
“As authorities mentioned in their press conference earlier, they are looking into the series of cardiac arrests that took place. If you have any relevant information on this, please each out to @HoustonPolice. “Thank you to our partners at the Houston Police Department, Fire Department and NRG Park for their response and support.”
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