Criminal probe opened into Travis Scott concert tragedy that killed 8 including a child, rapper reacts

Mildred Europa Taylor November 07, 2021
HOUSTON, TEXAS - NOVEMBER 05: Travis Scott performs onstage during the third annual Astroworld Festival at NRG Park on November 05, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Rick Kern/Getty Images)

Police in Houston, Texas, have opened a criminal investigation into the deaths at the Astroworld festival on Friday. About 50,000 people attended the music festival at NRG Park organized by rapper Travis Scott when the crowd surged towards the stage causing a crush that led to the deaths of eight people and scores injured.

A 14-year-old child was among those who died. A 16-year old was also killed while the other victims included two 21-year-olds, two 23-year-olds and a 27-year-old, according to the city’s mayor Sylvester Turner. The age of one other victim is not known. Around 11 people were taken to the hospital and nearly 300 were treated for injuries.

“This is now a criminal investigation that’s going to involve our homicide division as well as narcotics, and we’re going to get down to the bottom of it,” Houston Police Chief Troy Finner said at a news conference Saturday, according to The Washington Post.

Mayor Turner said the investigation may go on for quite some time to determine what exactly happened. He said officials were looking at where “missteps may have occurred” at the concert and will speak with witnesses, representatives of the concert and Scott as well.

Scott posted videos to his Instagram story Saturday, saying he is working with officials to understand what happened. He also vowed to help the families of the victims. “My fans really mean the world to me,” he said. “I am honestly just devastated.”

“Any time I could make out anything that was going on, I stopped the show and helped them get the help they need,” he added. “I could just never imagine the severity of the situation.”

Live Nation Entertainment, which organized the concert, said after the tragedy that it will send the video of the concert, which was published by Apple Music, to police officials Saturday evening. “That’s going to help us,” Finner said.

Finner added that the police are investigating reports that somebody in the audience had been injecting people with drugs. A security guard passed out after it appeared that he was injected in the neck with a needle while trying to restrain a concertgoer. Finner said the guard was revived using the drug Narcan, which is mostly used for overdoses on opioids.

Scott, whose real name is Jacques Webster, pleaded guilty to a public disorder charge in 2018 after he was accused of urging people to rush the stage at a concert in Arkansas. He also reportedly paid almost $7,000 to two people who said they were injured at the event.

Last Edited by:Mildred Europa Taylor Updated: November 7, 2021


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