The Federal Bureau of Investigation is preparing to assist the Houston Police Department with its criminal investigation of the “mass casualty” incident that took place at the 2021 Astroworld Festival. The Independent reports that the federal agency will provide “technical assistance,” but it’s unclear how exactly they will be involved. Together, the Houston Police Department, Houston Fire Department and FBI will determine if festival organizers followed the health and safety protocols they submitted to Harris County officials before Friday’s concert.
Questions still remain unanswered nearly one week after at least eight people were killed during the opening night of the festival. Adding on, more than a dozen people were rushed to the hospital and nearly 300 people were treated for less severe physical injuries. With several concertgoers still in critical condition, it is possible that the death toll will rise in the coming days.
“I expressed my concerns regarding public safety and that in my 31 years in law enforcement experience I have never seen a time with more challenges facing citizens of all ages,” Houston Police Department Troy Finner told The Independent.
In response to the violent incident, several concertgoers have taken legal action. Thus far, Rolling Stone reports that Travis Scott, Live Nation and several other entities are facing 19 lawsuits.
Scott has issued multiple statements expressing his sorrow for what took place. He has also offered to provide financial assistance for the families of those who died. Live Nation is also looking to refund ticket costs for all customers.