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, Houston Fire Department Chief Samuel Pena said among the fatalities that “tragic night” were “scores of individuals that were injured.”
Pena stated that just after 9 pm local time the crowd “began to compress towards the front of the stage” causing panic and “some injuries."
Videos filmed by attendee Ona Casella show an ambulance in the crowd, including a person jumping on the vehicle, during a a performance by rappers Travis Scott and Drake.
“I’m absolutely devastated by what took place last night,” Travis Scott said in a post on November 6. “My prayers go out to the families and all those impacted by what happened at AstroWorld Festival. Houston PD has my total support as they look into the tragic loss of life.” Credit: Ona Casella via Storyful