Update on the Astroworld Festival: 8 fatalities have been verified, with countless more wounded during Travis Scott’s performance.
At least 11 victims were in cardiac arrest when they were taken to Houston hospitals, according to HFD Chief Pena. The fatalities included children as young as ten years old.
According to Fire Chief Samuel Pena, at least eight people perished and dozens more were wounded after extreme disorder during the Travis Scott event at the Astroworld Festival in Houston on Friday night.
About two dozen individuals were flown to Houston hospitals, he added, with at least 11 of them in cardiac arrest when they arrived.
According to Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo, some of the victims transferred were as young as ten years old.
“Our hearts are shattered,” she expressed her sorrow.
They are seeking to identify the individuals who died, and if their loved ones are missing, they should go to the Wyndham Hotel at 8686 Kirby. Personnel from the HPD and HFD, as well as counsellors, are on hand to help them.
“Right now, we have to mourn for these families,” stated Houston Police Chief Troy Finner. “Everyone in our city should pray for these families, and we must persevere.”
Around 9:15 p.m., the throng began to push toward the stage, and individuals began passing out from lack of oxygen, according to Pena. Others in the crowd became agitated as they attempted to assist the unconscious.
Because there were so many casualties and rescue services were overwhelmed, a mass casualty event was declared about 9:35 p.m., according to Pena. There were more than 55 HFD units that responded.
Hundreds of patients were treated at a field hospital put up on the spot, according to Pena.
According to Finner, HPD had hundreds of officers at the performance and reacted as swiftly as they could. It’s too early to assign responsibility, according to the chief, since they’re still investigating what went wrong.
“So my obligation as a police chief is to make sure that we find out what occurred and that we approach it as an investigation,” he said.