By Lisa Mugo
Things got wild during American rapper Travis Scott’s famous Astroworld performance in Houston Texas on Friday night as eight people died and countless others wounded.
About 50,000 people were assembled there on Friday night when the injuries occurred, according to the Houston Fire Department.
An hour to the start of the sold-out event, there were signs that things were seemingly off as fans trampled the gates to get in.
One attendee says the crowd began moving towards the front and closing in at the stage area, thus making it hard to breath. Those in attendance started passing out.
Travis, unaware of the seriousness of the situation spotted a few people who passed out, immediately paused the show and directed security guards to assist.
Fans have expressed their disappointment in Travis for not halting the show and further accused him of prioritizing profits instead of the lives of his fans.
A devastated Travis took to his Instagram to offer his condolences to the families of the bereaved.
“My fans really mean the world to me and I always wanna leave them with a positive experience and anytime that something is going on you know I’ll stop the show and get them the help that they need and I could never imagine the severity of the situation.”Travis Scott
He added that he is working closely with the police and giving them all the required information in addition to looking for the victims’ families to offer them any help.
Travis, his team and Drake who shared a stage have since received several lawsuits from families of the bereaved and those wounded. According to TMZ, the lawsuits claim that Travis failed to provide adequate security for his fans as the conditions at the Astroworld Festival prompted several stampedes and a crowd compression that led to eight deaths and hundreds of injuries.
A video has emerged of a girl who alerted the main cameraman of a dying attendee but the cameraman ignored her.
Houston police allege there is a possibility that an individual may have been injecting people with drugs. A security officer that was helping out a fan is reported to have passed out after feeling a prick on his neck. On examination, a medical staffer spotted the needle prick.