At a Houston music event on Friday night, members of a densely packed crowd surged for a stage and were smashed against each other. According to witnesses and police, at least eight people were murdered and dozens more were hurt in the turmoil.
According to CNN, the victims were 14, 16, two 21, two 23, and one 27 years old, with one victim’s age unknown. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner confirmed the victims’ ages at a press conference Saturday evening.
According to the mayor, no one has gone missing.
According to the mayor, at least 25 individuals were sent to the hospital, and 13 of them were still there as of Saturday afternoon. Five of them are under the age of eighteen.
“There are a lot of unanswered questions. Over the next several days, several weeks could be even longer, we’ll take an in-depth look at everything that took place, why it took place, what steps we can do moving forward to mitigate an incident of this kind from taking place,” the mayor said.
About 50,000 people were at the sold-out Astroworld Festival at NRG Park — the stadium complex where the Astrodome and the NRG Stadium stand — when the incident began just after 9 pm CT, officials said.
Video from the event showed the performer on an outdoor stage —rapper and event organizer Travis Scott — paused and look on in confusion as an ambulance with flashing lights moved into the densely packed crowd.
“Once (Scott) started, all hell broke loose,” concert-goer Alexis Guavin, 23, told CNN. “All of what is to be 50,000 people ran to the front, compressing everyone together with the little air available.”
Guavin added there were “mosh pits in every single direction.”
The company responsible for organizing the event, Live Nation, issued a statement saying they were “heartbroken for those lost and impact.”
“We will continue working to provide as much information and assistance as possible to the local authorities as they investigate the situation,” the statement said.