Rapper Travis Scott reportedly continued performing at Astroworld despite event managers agreeing to cut the concert short because of deaths in the audience.
The Houston Chronicle reports, “For 37 minutes after Houston officials declared a “mass casualty” event at #Astroworld, with fans crushed near the stage, #TravisScott kept performing. @houstonpolice say Live Nation agreed to cut show short. Scott played whole set.”
Around 9:30 p.m. Travis paused to question an ambulance attempting to make its way through the crowd.
Another video shows Travis on stage when he noticed the ambulance. “What the f*ck is that? Everybody put your middle finger in the sky!” He continues performing his song “Upper Echelon” after he appears to briefly speak to two men onstage.
One of the audience members who climbed a camera operator’s platform yelled that “people are f*cking dying! We’re trying to save somebody’s life! That’s somebody’s kid!”
Houston Police Chief Troy Finner said that there was a sufficient police presence to control the crowd of 50,000 and that fans storming the gates to the VIP area “wasn’t a major breach.” However, he also stated that police and Live Nation had to discuss how to safely end the show without inciting a riot.
A day after the tragic event, Travis paid tribute to those who lost their lives at his concert. “I’m absolutely devastated by what took place last night,” he said in a statement on Twitter.
“My prayers go out to the families and all those impacted by what happened at Astroworld Festival. Houston PD has my total support as they continue to look into the tragic loss of life.
I am committed to working together with the Houston community to heal and support families in need. Thank you to Houston PD, Fire Department, and NRG Park for their immediate response and support. Love You All.”
So far, John Hilgert, 14, Brianna Rodriguez, 16, Franco Patino, 21, and Rudy Pena have been identified among the eight confirmed deaths from Astroworld Fest.
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