“Every time I can see everything that’s going on, I stop the show and help them get the help they need,” said Scott. “I just couldn’t imagine the gravity of the situation.”
“We worked closely with everyone to get to the bottom of the matter. Houston City, HPD, Fire Department – you know everyone who is helping us find this out. If you have any information, please simply contact your local authorities. Everyone, just keep your prayers going, “said Scott.
“I mean, I’m honestly just devastated and never imagined anything like this would happen,” he said. “I will do everything I can to keep you updated and to keep you updated on what is happening.”
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner confirmed at a press conference shortly after 3 p.m. local time on Saturday that there were eight fatalities at the music festival and that the ages of seven of the deceased were between 14 and 27 years old. A male victim in the incident has not yet been identified.
As of this afternoon, 13 of the 25 people rushing to the hospital Friday night were still there, and one of the 25 was confirmed as a 10-year-old who was in critical condition.
During the press conference, Houston Police Chief Troy Finner said “There were some people who were trampled” in the mass flood. Houston authorities are awaiting the results of the autopsy and plan to provide more information once all of the deceased’s families have been contacted.
Finner also confirmed a report about a security officer who received a needle prick from an unknown person at the festival. The officer passed out, was treated with Narcan, and was successfully resuscitated. Fire chief Samuel Peña confirmed that “there have been several, many cases where Narcan has been administered on the spot”.
Scott’s video from Saturday night follows a note he posted earlier in the day, a statement in which he repeated some of what he said on camera.
On Saturday afternoon he wrote: “I am absolutely devastated by what happened last night. My prayers go to the families and to all those affected by what happened at the Astroworld Festival and the tragic loss of life. I am determined to work with the Houston Ward to heal and support families in need. Thank you to the Houston Police, Fire Department, and NRG Park for their immediate response and assistance.