Officials confirm eight people, including two teenagers, are among the dead after Houston music festival stampede

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Travis Scott performs on Day 1 of the Astroworld Music Festival at NRG Park on Friday, November 5, 2021 in Houston.

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Officials confirmed that eight people, including a 14-year-old and a 16-year-old, died and another 25 were hospitalized at the Astroworld music festival in Houston on Friday.

Seven of the victims were aged 14 to 27, Mayor Sylvester Turner said at a press conference Saturday afternoon. The age of a victim could not be determined.

Of the 25 people transported to the hospital, five were under the age of 18. Thirteen people are still hospitalized, the mayor added. No one is missing.

The crowd began to gather around 9pm local time for a performance by rapper and festival founder Travis Scott. Spectators pushed to the front of the stage before the concert began, causing panic and some injuries. The chaos escalated until 9:38 pm, when a “mass incident” was triggered, Houston Fire Chief Samuel Peña said Saturday. The causes of the deaths of the eight victims are not yet known.

Scott, who launched the festival in his hometown in 2018, said he was “absolutely devastated”.

“Houston PD has my full support as they continue to examine the tragic loss of life,” he said in a tweet. “I am committed to working with the Houston community to care for and support families in need.”

About 50,000 people were supposed to attend the festival, Reported by NBC News. The event was supposed to last until Saturday, but officials canceled the second day after the stampede.

Rumors also circulated on social media that unknown people were injecting drugs into other clients, Houston Police Chief Troy Finner said.

He added that the agency has a report of a security officer who was trying to grab a citizen and passed out after feeling a sting in his neck. Finner said the officer was resuscitated with Narcan, a common drug used to treat drug overdoses in emergencies, and was later found to have a consistent sting like “if someone was trying to inject themselves.”

Investigations into what happened during the event and which led to the victims are still ongoing.

“This incident is the subject of a thorough investigation and a thorough review. It is important for us to ascertain from last night what happened, what happened, where missteps may have occurred,” Mayor Turner said.

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