Police in Houston, where at least eight people died and scores were injured during the first day of a weekend concert event, say they have launched a criminal investigation into the incident that will involve both the homicide and narcotics division.
Houston Police Chief Troy Finner made the announcement on Saturday (November 6) during a news conference that included Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and other local officials after an interagency meeting looking into the deadly Astroworld Festival on Friday night (November 5).
About 300 people were treated for injuries including 11 taken to hospitals suffering from cardiac arrest.
Crowds surging forward as the main performer took to the stage at the festival led to chaos and crushed bodies in the darkness of the outdoor concert, say attendees who escaped the tragedy.
There were 528 Houston police and 755 private security members hired by festival organizer Live Nation working at the event, Mayor Turner said at the briefing on Saturday.
Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo said that Live Nation as well as Astroworld put together the security plans for the event along with city and county authorities.
“The families of those who died and everybody affected deserve answers as to what took place last night,” Hidalgo said at the briefing. “That’s why I’m calling for an objective, independent investigation as to what went on and how it could have been prevented, or if this was a particular situation that was simply out of everybody’s hands,” she said.
(Production: Mana Rabiee)