Law enforcement, event organizers and concert audiences are still questioning what happened after the tragedy of the Astroworld Music Festival on Friday, and the death of at least 8 people (14 of the youngest) when the crowd flocked to the stage during the hip-hop stars as a result of. Travis Scott performing. When the ambulance rushed in and the performance continued, many others were injured at the Houston concert.
This is the deadliest incident at a concert in the United States since the mass shooting at the 2017 Las Vegas Country Music Festival. With the authorities clarifying their responsibilities, the following is a summary of what is currently known.
What happened to Astroworld?
On Friday, Travis Scott made his debut on the first night of his annual two-day Astroworld Festival in NRG Park. Astroworld was launched in 2018 as a joint venture between Scott and the promoters ScoreMore Shows and Live Nation.
Scott’s performance began at around 9pm. The head of the Houston Fire Department, Samuel Peña, said that when the crowd began to “crowd to the front of the stage,” officials estimated that about 50,000 people attended. “This caused some panic and started to cause some harm.”
Scott and the organizers didn’t notice at first, but about 30 minutes after entering his scene, he pointed out that there were blue and red flashing lights on the festival floor and said: “There is an ambulance in the crowd.”
After a short pause, the concert continued. Hip-hop star Drake and Scott sang a few songs together. After performing his hit song “Goosebumps”, Scott finally left the stage at around 10:15 in the evening and completed the complete 25 songs. Song collection.
Houston Police Chief Troy Finner said, “It was at 9:30, and that was when some people started to fall.” “Our people came forward and went to the producer immediately and told He people are going downhill. This show ends at 10:10 in the evening”
“When you have 50,000 people so young, you can’t just shut down. You can have riots,” he said.
Scott said in an Instagram video on Saturday: “As long as I can figure out what is going on, I will stop the show and help them get the help they need.”
“I can never imagine the seriousness of the situation.”
The concert audience described events that were difficult to manage throughout the afternoon and evening.At about 2 pm, a reporter from the local TV station KTRK-TV Saw people rushing into the gate. During Scott’s performance, the video shows the fans recite, “Stop the show! Stop the show!” Between songs, then climbed to the middle of the stage to tell his staff that there were casualties in the crowd. But the show continues.
How many people were injured or killed?
The official report said that eight people died. Autopsy of some of the victims is still waiting. The dead include John Hilgert, 14 years old; Brianna Rodriguez, 16 years old; Rodolfo Angel Peña, 23 years old; Axel Acosta, 21 years old; Franco Patino, 21 years old; Jacob Urinek, 20 years old; Madison Dubsky. 23; and Berger of Denmark, 27.
Initially, 25 people were taken to the local hospital by ambulance. Among them, 5 were under 18 years old. The 10-year-old boy who attended the concert with his father is still in critical condition, as is a 22-year-old woman. Some victims suffered cardiac arrest, and the police reported that at least one security guard was drugged by someone in the crowd.
Doesn’t Travis Scott have a messy history in his concerts?
The simple answer is yes. In 2015, the rapper admitted to allegations of reckless behavior. Urge fans in Lollapalooza Overcome the roadblock. In 2017, Scott faced misdemeanor charges of inciting riots, misconduct and endangering the welfare of minors after inviting fans to suppress security.There are three more People are hospitalized At the 2019 Astroworld festival, crowds rushed through the safety barrier.
Is there no plan to prevent this from happening?
The organizer has Two plans were provided to Houston police and first responders: The medical plan of ParaDocs Worldwide Inc. in New York City and the safety plan of Austin sponsor ScoreMore Shows in response to potential emergencies.
As the concert audience fainted and many people were trampled on, the medical staff at the scene felt overwhelmed by the number of injured. ParaDocs Worldwide issued a statement contesting the allegations of lack of medical personnel and equipment, while ScoreMore and concert organizer Live Nation issued a statement stating that they have provided video clips to investigators and are cooperating, “to make everyone To get the answer they are looking for.”
There are Request for independent reviewThe Houston Police and Fire Department officials will investigate whether the promoters and others of the festival have followed the plans and whether the plans are sufficient.
How did the performers react?
The two most watched performers in the concert were Scott and Drake, who were on stage with Scott. The entertainers used social media to express their views on the tragedy.
Scott has Offer refund with Quit his next show,and Mental health service providers provide assistance For those affected, vowed to pay for the memorial service for the victims.
“I have been trying to think about this devastating tragedy for the past few days,” He wrote“I hate to resort to this platform to express a subtle emotion like sadness, but this is where I find myself.”
other SZA issued a statement, Who performed at Astroworld, and Scott’s girlfriend, Kylie Jenner.
Will legal action be taken?
Lawsuit filed, Including one that owns Scott, Drake, Live Nation, and Harris County Sports and Conference Corporation, the owner of NRG Park, is responsible for the surge in crowds.
A Texas lawyer filed a lawsuit on Sunday, accusing the defendant of putting “profits above the participants.”
More have been submitted and contacted with concert safety consultant Paul Wertheimer said the disaster was “preventable”, More possibilities.
“Fans are victims of circumstances beyond their control,” Wertheimer said.