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Lawsuits pouring in against Travis Scott and festival organizers over deadly stampede that left 8 dead and many injured

Randy Mancini 27 November 8, 2021
HOUSTON, TX - NOVEMBER 06: Festival patrons are seen looking at flowers outside of the canceled Astroworld festival at NRG Park on November 6, 2021 in Houston, Texas. According to authorities, eight people died and 17 people were transported to local hospitals after what they describe as a crowd surge at the Astroworld festival, a music festival started by Houston-native rapper and musician Travis Scott in 2018. (Photo by Alex Bierens de Haan/Getty Images)

HOUSTON, TX – NOVEMBER 06: Festival patrons are seen looking at flowers outside of the canceled Astroworld festival at NRG Park on November 6, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Alex Bierens de Haan/Getty Images)

Rapper Travis Scott and the Astroworld Music Festival organizers face multiple lawsuits on behalf of attendees who suffered injuries in a deadly crowd surge. At least two injured attendees filed separate lawsuits on Sunday, claiming concert organizers of the Houston festival failed to provide a safe environment.

Included in one of the lawsuits is musical artist Drake, who made a surprise appearance Friday night, for inciting the crowd. Investigators are expected to look into the type of barriers and crowd control measures used by security.

Eight people were killed and more than 300 others were injured during the Astroworld Music Festival on Friday. Fans who lined up to watch rapper Travis Scott perform, quickly pleaded for the show to stop after an estimated 50,000 people in the crowd began to stampede towards the front of the stage.

What initiated the stampede has yet to be confirmed, but the push triggered a panic. Authorities said people began to fall out and become unconscious, creating even more panic.

“Once we started having the mass casualty incident, they were starting CPR on several people, and it happened all at once,” said Executive Chief of the Houston Police Larry Satterwhite. “It seemed like it happened over the course of just a few minutes. Suddenly, we had several people down on the ground experiencing some type of cardiac arrest or some type of medical episode.”

Chief of Police Troy Finner confirms that during the Astroworld Festival a member of security lost consciousness after feeling a prick in his neck.

He was revived with Narcan and medical staff who treated him noticed a mark that could have been from an injection. pic.twitter.com/6pQ5IFV0jw

— CBS News (@CBSNews) November 6, 2021

Houston Police said approximately two dozen people were rushed to area hospitals and at least 11 were in cardiac arrest while being transported, some being as young as 10-years-old. Additionally, more than 300 patients were treated at a field hospital location set up near the festival.

“It seemed like it happened with just over the course of just a few minutes,” said Satterwhite. “Suddenly, we had several people down on the ground, experienced some type of cardiac arrest or some type of medical episode.”

“There is somebody dead.”

“Stop the show. Stop the show. Stop the show.”

And the #AstroWorld show continuedpic.twitter.com/uHJKGiSosX

— David Leavitt (@David_Leavitt) November 6, 2021

Witnesses said fans were screaming at the stage crew trying to stop the concert, but no one listened. At some point the show stopped and Saturday Travis Scott tweeted he was devastated with what took place, adding his prayers go out to all of the families impacted.

The multi-day festival was cancelled for the rest of the weekend and authorities have opened an investigation into the tragic incident.

The lawyers representing the attendees allege the tragedy was both predictable and preventable. Scott was reportedly warned about the dangers of the crowd just before the Astroworld Festival kicked off.

According to the New York Times, Houston Police Chief Troy Finner, who knows Scott personally, met with the rapper before the event. Finner reportedly raised concerns to Scott about the crowd’s energy, which had been building for months.

Despite the warning, Scott continued with the show. Scott has a history of inciting violence at his shows. In 2015 and 2017, he was arrested and charged for allegedly encouraging “moshing” at concerts, which left several people injured.

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