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Police start criminal probe into Astroworld stampede, Houston officials say

11:47, 07 November 2021
Police start criminal probe into Astroworld stampede, Houston officials say Photo: pixabay.com

Houston Police have revealed data they obtained regarding the massive stampede at the Astroworld festival that happened on Friday.

At Saturday’s conference, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said that the investigators obtained the information related to the ages of the deceased, all the numbers were received except one. Thus the dead were aged 14, 16, 21, 21, 23, 23, and 27 while another remains unknown.

The Mayor also confirmed that 25 attendees were hospitalized, including several underages. 

One of the securities was pricked in the neck and the medics acknowledged that the mark on the neck was caused by a syringe penetration, according to the police.

The Houston police chief, Troy Finner,  said that there were 528 police officers and 755 guards deployed to provide safety at the festival.

Several arrests were followed by the chaos that occurred at the event - 25 people were taken into custody for trespassing, one for intoxication and another for marijuana possession. 

Finner also said that the homicide and narcotic divisions will be connected to the probe. Commenting on the act when a security officer was pricked in the neck, Finner said that at one moment the guard fell unconscious. He was later administered Narcan. “He was revived and the medical staff did notice a prick that was similar to a prick that you would get if somebody is trying to inject.”

Houston Fire Chief Samuel Peña said that the footage would be reviewed to investigate what sparked the crowd surge and why the concertgoers couldn’t escape from the area.

Astroworld Festival is an annual event that has taken place at NRG Park since 2018, however, the running of the event was put to a halt in the previous year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.