Officials probe fatal Houston concert crowd surge

Houston officials opened a criminal probe on Saturday to determine what triggered a deadly crowd surge at a two-day music festival.

City Police Chief Troy Finner said investigators have not come to any conclusions, but that they were looking into rumors of a drug spiking incident at the Astroworld Festival.

"We do have a report of a security officer, according to the medical staff, that was out and treated him last night, that he was reaching over to restrain or grab a citizen, and he felt a prick in his neck. When he was examined - he went unconscious - they administered Narcan, he was revived, and the medical staff did notice a prick that was similar to a prick that you would get as somebody is trying to inject."

Concert goers had already been on edge before a crowd surge turned to chaos at the Astroworld Festival, according to witnesses.

Video shows fans rushing the gates earlier on Friday.

Witnesses said a countdown clock signaling that the headliner, rapper Travis Scott, was about to perform pulled scores toward the main stage, crushing fans at the front.

Some said the sold-out audience of 50,000 grew increasingly disorderly.

Houston's fire chief Sam Pena said Saturday the chaos erupted at around 9 PM.

"The crowd began to compress towards the front of the stage, okay, and that caused some panic, and it started causing some injuries people began to fall out, become unconscious, and it created an additional additional panic."

About 300 people had to be treated for injuries.

11 people suffered cardiac arrest.

Travis Scott said he would support a police investigation.

He said he was "absolutely devastated," tweeting, "My prayers go out to the families and all those impacted by what happened at Astroworld Festival … Love you all."

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