Early Saturday morning (Nov. 6), Fire Chief Samuel Pena, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo and Houston Police Chief Troy Finner confirmed during a press conference the deaths and injuries at the Astroworld Festival at NRG Park on Friday night (Nov. 5). Around 9:15 p.m., the crowd started to compress toward the front of the stage, according to Pena. Medics were performing CPR on victims once they started to fall out from the crowd. When police realized there was a mass casualty event happening around 9:30 p.m., police spoke with the promoters and Live Nation, the festival’s organizers, to stop the show early, to which Travis Scott complied.
Twenty-three people were transported to area hospitals, with 17 of them hospitalized after the incident. Eleven of those victims were in cardiac arrest during transport. A victim as young as 10 years old was taken to the hospital.
“This is an ongoing investigation,” Fire Chief Samuel Pena said. “Chief Finner will provide that information. But we want to give you some preliminary facts of what we know at this moment. We know that we had at least eight confirmed fatalities tonight and we had scores of individuals that were injured at this event. We had attendance of approximately 50,000 to the Travis Scott Astroworld Festival event. What we do know is that at approximately 9 o’clock, 9:15 p.m., the crowd began to compress toward the front of the stage. And that caused some panic and it started causing some injuries. People began to fall out, become unconscious and it created additional panic.”
I think it’s very important that none of us speculate,” Houston Police Chief Troy Finner continued. “Nobody has all the answers tonight. I want to thank Live Nation, I want to thank NRG, HFD, our frontline police officers. Nobody has had the opportunity to review any video, and Live Nation has told us that they will allow us to view video. I want to say this because there’s a lotta rumors going around. And if you don’t have the facts, if you don’t have evidence, I’m not gonna speak against that…”
My job as the Chief of Police is to make sure that we find out what happened,” Finner added. “We will treat it as an investigation because we don’t know. I have investigators out here on the scene. I’m sending investigators to the hospitals because we just don’t know, and we will find out. So, pray for these families. I think that that’s very important. Everybody in our city pray for these families and, and we gon’ get through it, but we’re gonna do an investigation and find out because it’s not fair to the producers, to anybody else involved until we determine what happened, what caused the surge. We don’t know, but we will find out, and is there anything criminal? We’ve heard rumors of people injecting some people with drugs, so, I want to check all that out.”