The Houston Police Department has publicized an exhaustive account of the tragic incident that transpired during Travis Scott’s main act at the Astroworld festival at NRG Park on November 6, 2021. The revelation was brought to light by local ABC subsidiary, ABC-13, referencing an earlier tweet from Houston PD on July 28, which also incorporated a URL to the 1,266-page investigative report. You can access the complete report here.
The document, which provides a comprehensive account of the police department’s final inquiry into the disastrous stampede at the festival, recounts the death of 10 individuals, among them a 10-year-old child, as well as the thousands of injuries incurred. The report is peppered with numerous eyewitness accounts, outlining their experiences during the mass surge. It also contains an interview with Scott, who claimed he was informed about the escalating chaotic situation while performing but was oblivious to the severity of the predicament until later.
In addition to Scott, Drake, a guest performer at the concert, was also interviewed by Houston PD. Drake expressed his inability to observe any difficulties among the audience from his viewpoint on stage, citing excessive lighting and focus on foot movement due to recent knee surgery as reasons. Drake further stated that he didn’t recall hearing any pleas to stop the performance from the audience, as his earpiece significantly blocked external sounds.
The report includes an interview with Marty Wallgren, a security personnel, who made attempts to relay the urgency of the situation to Scott’s team and stop the concert while Drake was performing. According to the report, Wallgren emphasized the need to end the concert at exactly 10 regardless of circumstances. However, Drake mentioned that he wasn’t informed about the need to stop the concert. Meanwhile, two backstage engineers, who were tuned into the same in-ear monitor as Scott, confirmed the concert carried on even after they heard cautionary alerts about potential fatalities relayed to Scott.
Many interviewees recalled the intense pressure of the crowd surge at the festival. Houston PD confirmed that certain sections of the report were omitted to respect privacy concerns and adhere to relevant laws.
An attendee at Astroworld told the police about the discomfort she felt as people shoved each other and trod on feet during Scott’s performance. She also witnessed people tumbling and being trampled as Scott continued his set.
Another festival-goer conveyed to authorities that as the crowd pushed towards the main stage during Scott’s performance, he was knocked off his feet and lost his footing. He felt a suffocating sensation and cried for help while being trampled before he finally managed to wriggle free.
Last month, it was announced by Reuters that Scott would not face criminal charges related to the Astroworld incident. A grand jury in Harris County, Texas, decided against indicting the rapper, thus concluding the 19-month investigation. However, Scott and the event organizer, Live Nation Entertainment, are still battling multiple civil lawsuits related to the event.
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This article was first published on Friday, July 28 at 2:33 p.m. Eastern, with the most recent update being made on the same day at 7:19 p.m. Eastern.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Astroworld Investigation Report
Who released the detailed report on the Astroworld tragedy?
The Houston Police Department released a comprehensive report on the 2021 Astroworld tragedy.
Who were the performers involved in the tragedy mentioned in the report?
The performers involved in the tragedy, as mentioned in the report, were Travis Scott and Drake.
How many people died during the Astroworld incident, as per the report?
According to the report, the tragic incident at the Astroworld festival resulted in the death of 10 people, including a 10-year-old boy.
What did the police report say about the actions of Travis Scott and Drake during the concert?
The report stated that both Scott and Drake were informed of the escalating chaos but did not fully comprehend the severity of the situation until later.
Did the report mention any legal consequences for Travis Scott and Drake?
According to the report, while Travis Scott will not face any criminal charges in connection with the incident, he and event promoter Live Nation Entertainment are currently facing several civil lawsuits.
What did the eyewitnesses recount in the report?
Eyewitness accounts in the report detailed the pressure of the crowd surge, people being pushed and stepped on, and the resulting panic and chaos during the concert.
Who was interviewed in the investigation report?
The report includes interviews with Travis Scott, Drake, a security guard named Marty Wallgren, two backstage engineers, and numerous attendees of the festival.
What happened to the investigations into the Astroworld tragedy?
A grand jury in Harris County, Texas, declined to indict Travis Scott, thereby concluding the 19-month investigation. However, civil lawsuits against Scott and Live Nation Entertainment are still ongoing.