Officials in Houston, Texas, confirmed at least eight people died following a “mass casualty incident” at the Astroworld Festival at NRG Park on the night of Friday, November 5.
Speaking in a press conference in the early hours of Saturday, Samuel Pena, Chief of Houston Fire Department, said among the fatalities that “tragic night” were “scores of individuals that were injured.”
Pena stated that just after 9 pm the crowd “began to compress towards the front of the stage” causing panic and “some injuries,” leading to people falling.
Rapper Drake made a surprise appearance at the show, alongside Travis Scott, which had an audience of around 50,000 people in attendance.
Twitter user @nineteen9ty1 recorded this video showing fans running to progress past security and through entrance gates at the venue before the mass casualty incident later that evening. Credit: @nineteen9ty1 via Storyful