Astroworld Festival: At least 8 dead, many injured at Houston concert, officials say

“We have had dozens of people injured,” Houston Fire Chief Sam Peña said at a press conference early Saturday morning.

The fire chief described what happened as a “mass injured” incident, saying it started when the crowd began to “compress towards the front of the stage” at around 9:00 p.m. – 9:15 p.m. local time.

This caused some panic and started causing injuries, he said.

“People started to fall unconscious and it created further panic,” said Peña.

The cause of death is pending determination by the medical examiner, he said.

Peña said 17 patients were taken to local hospitals, 11 of whom were in cardiac arrest. He confirmed that one patient was 10 years old.

In addition, more than 300 people were treated at the field hospital set up near the festival, Peña said.

The concert attracted around 50,000 attendees, he said.

Those who attended the concert shared the chaos that followed on social media. The medical staff were so overwhelmed with the injuries that some members of the public attempted to administer CPR.

The concert livestream showed that Travis Scott interrupted his performance to confusedly watch an ambulance with flashing lights pulled into the hall.

Astroworld organizers did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment early Saturday morning.

Hosted by Scott, the third annual festival was scheduled to run Friday through Saturday, according to the event’s website.

However, officials said the scheduled second night would be canceled. The festival was to feature artists such as SZA, Bad Bunny and 21 Savage.

In 2019, three people were trampled on and hospitalized as thousands rushed to participate in the festival in Scott’s hometown.

This is breaking news. Check back for updates.

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