Astroworld ‘crowd surge’ leaves 8 dead, hundreds injured

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Travis Scott Astroworld festival ended in complete disaster and tragedy. The “crowd surge” led to 300 treated on-site, two dozen hospitalized, 11 in cardiac arrest, and eight dead.

Caroline Hubbard, Editor-in-Chief

Last Friday, a minimum of 50,000 people gathered in Houston, Texas, for rapper Travis Scott’s two-day Astroworld festival. What first seemed like a fun and safe event, soon turned deadly. 

On the day of the event, overcrowding had already been deemed an issue, especially, according to CNN, due to Scott’s tendency to have crowds push past security to get to the front of the stage. 

According to The New York Times, Scott told the Astroworld crowd he “wants to see some rages,” and then almost immediately after there was an ambulance seen in the crowd. Scott stopped the music momentarily to say, “If everybody good, put a middle finger up to the sky,” and then encouraged the crowd to shake the ground. He then went on to play for 30 more minutes before ending the concert. 

Everyone was in fact not “good” enough to put up a middle finger, with almost 300 treated on scene. Two dozen people were sent to the hospital, 11 went into cardiac arrest, and 8 are dead. The victims ranged in ages from 14 to 27.  

Scott later put out a 90-second apology video that left fans disappointed and angry. According to tweets released on HITC.com, fans expressed their displeasure and seeming lack of sincerity. “Travis Scott’s apology video honestly looks like he’s trying to convince his teacher he isn’t feeling well and wants to go home”  wrote @_amydavisxxx), while @isaac_rho said, “I just know that Travis Scott apology vid got his lawyers screaming crying on the floor rn”.

There is an ongoing criminal investigation by the Houston Police Department, Homicide Division to get to the bottom of what happened. For now, nothing has been said regarding if Scott will face any charges for the event.

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