Police consider Houston concert disaster a criminal case, reports of people being injected with substance

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Source: MEGA

Nov. 6 2021, Published 5:53 p.m. ET

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Houston police say the investigation into how eight people died during a concert is now a criminal case.

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Investigators are also looking at a report that someone was injecting people with an unknown substance, Houston police Chief Troy Finner said at a Nov. 6 press conference.

During the AstroWorld concert, headlined by rapper Travis Scott, eight people were killed during a “crush,” as people surged towards the stage. Dozens more were taken to the hospital and hundreds received treatment at the scene.

The scenes from the Nov. 5 concert were shared on media and showed first responders trying to make it through the crowd to get to the wounded.

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Finner said officers are looking into reports of people being injected with a substance during the concert. He added a security member was reaching for someone in the crowd when he felt a prick in his neck.

As medical personnel looked at the guard, he went unconscious, Finner said. The guard was given an injection of NARCAN and revived. NARCAN is a drug used to counter the effects of an opioid overdose.

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Finner also said some of the people who died were trampled to death. He asked for time as the police conduct an investigation, which he described as a criminal one.

“Kids and young individuals that was out there,” Finner implored, “If you see something, say something.”

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LiveNation, the concert promoter, has cooperated and police were expecting to get video from the show later in the evening to help in their investigation Finner said.

AstroWorld released a statement on social media after the incident.

“Our hearts are with the AstroWorld festival family tonight — especially those we lost and their loved ones,” it read.

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