Astroworld security guard pricked in neck with needle, Houston police say

At least one person at the Travis Scott concert where eight people died Friday night was injected with something by an unknown, “needle” wielding assailant, and had to be revived with Narcan — a drug used to treat narcotic overdoses, Houston’s police chief said Saturday.

Chief Troy Finner said the investigation into the mayhem at the Astroworld concert that also saw 300 injured “is now a criminal investigation that is going to involve our homicide division as well as narcotics.”

The details of what happened to the security officer who was jabbed are not yet clear, Finner said.

“He was reaching over to restrain or grab a citizen and he felt a prick in his neck,” the police chief said. After he was given the Narcan, medical staff did see a mark on his neck that might appeared to be made by a needle, he said.

The injury appeared to confirm rumors that someone at NRG Park was using a needle to jab members of the crowd, one of the possibilities Finner said was under investigation. The police are waiting for medical examiners reports for the eight who died, who ranged in age from 14 to 27.

Houston police vehicles outside the Wyndham Hotel where they posted a staging area for people looking for family and friends after the concert at Astroworld.
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Some victims among the dead and the 25 who were hospitalized after the melee were trampled as the crowd surged toward the stage, Finner said. Of the injured, 13 people, including one who is 10 years old, remain hospitalized.

Houston officials said they are investigating all aspects of the operations surrounding the concert, which saw 50,000 people packed into the stadium for the first night of a two-day festival.

Emergency personnel respond to the Astroworld music festival.
Emergency personnel respond to the Astroworld music festival.

The probe will include the permitting and planning, security and medical staffing and more. Scott’s staff and the event promoter, Live Nation, are cooperating with the investigation.

“This remains a very active investigation. There are a lot of questions that still need to be answered and a lot of people that we need to talk to,” Finner said.

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