At least eight people are dead and hundreds more were injured after a massive crowd surged out-of-control at the Astroworld Music Fest in Houston. One of the dead festival-goers is a 10-year-old child.
First responders said more than 300 patients total had been treated at a field hospital.
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Houston Fire Department and Harris County medics transported 23 people to hospitals, 17 of those patients were taken away during the worst of the ordeal, according to Peña, who also said CPR had to be performed on 11 of the victims. HFD had 55 units in-service for the festival, Peña said.
There are videos below showing fans jumping on police cars and ambulances — preventing them from reaching many of the victims. It is sickening.
HPD Executive Assistant Chief Larry Satterwhite was on-duty at the festival along with 367 police officers and 241 security officers.
“Once we started having the mass casualty incident, they were starting CPR on several people, and it happened all at once,” Satterwhite said. “It seemed like it happened over the course of just a few minutes. Suddenly, we had several people down on the ground experiencing some type of cardiac arrest or some type of medical episode.”
Organizers issued a statement announcing that the remainder of the festival has been canceled.
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 reach out to Houston Police. Thank you to our partners at the Houston Police Department, Fire Department, and NRG Park for their response and support.
Another video- #Disturbing video shows people #jumping on top of the police personal cars while they were trying to get #unconscious people out of the #crowd.#Houston #ASTROWORLDFest #TravisScott #AstroWorld #music #festival #Houston#KHOU11 pic.twitter.com/tubnfQIVPS— Chaudhary Parvez (@ChaudharyParvez) November 6, 2021
there was ambulances literally inside the crowd at astroworld pic.twitter.com/nQIU6WrEgp— ona (ෆ˙ᵕ˙ෆ)♡ (@onacasella) November 6, 2021