Eight people are dead and hundreds more were injured Friday night at Travis Scott’s Astroworld Festival at NRG Park in Houston, authorities confirmed to local ABC affiliate KTRK.
According to Houston Fire Chief Samuel Peña, the worst of the incident occurred around 9:15 p.m. when the crowd of around 50,000 began to surge towards the front of the stage and people began to panic.
The concert was halted shortly after and a second show scheduled for Saturday has been cancelled. Video from Apple Music’s livestream of the event was posted to social media, showing Scott stopping mid-performance and calling for security after he notices someone passed out in the audience.
Festival organizers released a statement Saturday morning, saying, “Our hearts are with the Astroworld Festival family tonight -- especially those we lost and their loved ones. We are focused on supporting local officials however we can.”
“With that in mind the festival will no longer be held on Saturday. As authorities mentioned in their press conference earlier, they are looking into the series of cardiac arrests that took place. If you have any relevant information on this, please reach out to Houston Police. Thank you to our partners at the Houston Police Department, Fire Department, and NRG Park for their response and support.”
Scott later posted a statement of his own, saying he is "absolutely devastated" by what happened and that he is "committed to working together with the Houston community to heal and support the families in need."
As of Saturday morning the victims had not been publicly identified. The Harris County Medical Examiner's Office will determine how the eight people died.