At least eight people died and over 300 were injured during a stampede at rapper Travis Scott’s Astroworld Festival in his hometown of Houston, Texas on Friday night.
8 people, including a 10-year-old boy, were pronounced dead at area hospitals. 23 others are hospitalized.
Police say the dead and injured were trampled when 50,000 people surged over barricades at the front of the stage on Day 1 of the sold out music festival at NRG Park.
Officials referred to the incident as a “mass casualty event” during a press conference on Saturday morning.
Houston Police Chief Troy Finner said authorities have “heard rumors of people injecting people with drugs” at the show, but added “I think it’s very important that none of us speculate.”
A source close to concert organizers told the NY Post:
“This was a targeted attack on innocent people, including a child. People were being spiked against their own will. The crowd surge was from panic because people were running for safety.”
Scott and fellow rapper Drake were performing onstage at the time of the fatal stampede around 9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 5.
Angry fans took to Twitter to criticize Scott for not stopping the concert as his fans lay dying.
Footage shot at the scene shows paramedics performing CPR on unresponsive fans on the ground.
THOSE SAME PEOPLE WHO DIED TONIGHT HAD PARENTS/FRIENDS AT HOME WAITING FOR THEM. PARENTS/FRIENDS WHO THOUGHT THEY WERE HAVIN FUN AND GONNA BE OK. FUCK TRAVIS FOR NOT STOPPING THE CONCERT. pic.twitter.com/VFFdabasvw
— ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? (@assTV_) November 6, 2021
*people on the ground passed out & literally fighting for their lives*
people around them: “HELP, MEDIC, HELP, HELP PLEASE”
travis scott: “houston, put your middle fingers up, chase b drop that shit” #ASTROWORLDFest
— tmac. (@macdaddytee) November 6, 2021
Social media influencer and reality star Kylie Jenner and her thee-year-old daughter, Stormi, both attended her boyfriend Travis Scott’s concert. Kylie’s sister, model Kendall Jenner, was also backstage. They were not injured.
The 29-year-old “Sicko Mode” rapper, real name Jacques Webster II, is best known for his hit singles “Antidote”, “Mafia” and “Escape Plan” and for fathering two children with Kylie, 24.
Day 2 of Scott’s Astroworld Festival has been canceled.
You can literally hear #TravisScott saying “who asked me to stop” “you know what you came here to do” MOTHERFUCKER THE WHOLE CROWD ASKED YOU TO STOP BECAUSE YOUR FANS WERE DYING #AstroWorld https://t.co/oCjYOUiX3Z
— STREAM JONGHO ?? (@JonghoJiddies) November 6, 2021
i’m shocked the event wasn’t canceled after this happened. someone could’ve easily snuck in a weapon pic.twitter.com/KkZ5nKGXDl
— HesH (@HesH_elb) November 6, 2021
nah I hope Travis Scott, the organisers, the camera men streaming & ignoring people face the biggest law suit in history on GOD. That has made my heart feel soooo heavy. God forbid man. Tears in my eyes. A complete lack of humanity. How y’all seeing people dying & doing nothing?
— roseedesaron? (@SharonnRosee) November 6, 2021
— damn (@DexterL07617514) November 6, 2021
Travis, you were robot dancing while people were dying tf pic.twitter.com/RmhkF161Ue
— snake (@98__Snake) November 6, 2021
People are asking “Why is a 10 yr old at a Travis Scott concert getting hurt?”
Have y’all been sleeping? He markets directly to KIDS.
— ?? (@nickitellem) November 6, 2021
Watch video of fans breaking through a fence below.