An investigation has been launched into the deaths at a music festival in Houston, Texas. Police say the murder and drug-related departments will investigate the incident. Houston Police Chief Troy Finer made the announcement at a news conference. News from the BBC.
At least eight people were killed in a stampede at the Astroworld Music Festival in Houston last Friday, local time. Many more were injured. The victims ranged in age from 14 to 26. About 50,000 spectators were present at the festival.
A security guard at the scene was allegedly injected in the neck to control the crowd. The matter is also being investigated, police said.
Police Chief Troy Finer said the security guard was going to arrest a man. At this time he felt something boil around his neck. He was later taken to hospital for treatment. He was unconscious at the time. Doctors noticed signs of something boiling near his neck. They say it’s like an injection sign.
Houston Fire Chief Samuel Pena said the video captured at the scene would be examined during Friday’s investigation. He said the reasons why people could not avoid the situation that day will be investigated.
Popular rapper Travis Scott was present at this year’s AstroWorld Music Festival. At this time the people present started pushing to go towards the front of the stage. Due to this, panic spread. Due to this, there were casualties in the rush.
In a statement issued Friday after the incident, Travis Scott thanked police and emergency services personnel. He later said in a post on Twitter, “I pray for the families of the victims.”
Astroworld Music Festival has been held every year since 2016. However, it was not held last year due to the Corona epidemic. This time too, the popular festival has been postponed after the incident of casualties.