Travis Scott‘s first night of his Astroworld concert in Houston turned into an horrific tragedy Friday night … leaving 8 people dead and more than 300 injured, and there were signs of trouble even before the concert began.
50,000 people filled the sold-out venue, when, at around 9 PM people began surging toward the stage. People started getting crushed and panic ensued. According to Houston Fire Chief Sam Pena, “People began to fall out, become unconscious and it created additional panic.”
At least 8 people died in the stampede. 11 people went into cardiac arrest and were rushed to the hospital. More than 300 fans went to the field hospital near the venue.
The scene was chaotic … medical personnel could not handle all the injured. There is video showing some of them performing CPR.
A slew of ambulances rushed to the scene … which became more dire every minute.
Before chaos erupted, Travis stopped the show several times during his 75-minute set … after noticing some of the fans in the front seemed in distress. He told security to make sure they weren’t hurt. At one point Travis asked for security to help a specific individual.
Shortly before the surge, Drake had performed with Travis … and there was no indication the crowd would try to rush the stage.
There were signs of trouble even before the show. A slew of fan knocked over barricades and rushed into the venue.
Kylie Jenner was on hand as for the festival as the chaos erupted. She was there with her and Travis’s daughter Stormi. As far as we know, they’re fine. They were not sitting near the crush.
A reunification center was set up at a nearby hotel … this so family members of concert-goers could reunite.
The Medical Examiner is in the process of determining the cause of death of the 8 people who died.
This was the first night of what was supposed to be a 3-day festival. The second night has already been canceled.