The Houston Police on Saturday opened a criminal investigation into the stampede at American rapper Travis Scott’s concert, in which eight people aged between 14 and 27 were killed, Reuters reported.

The police said they had received unconfirmed reports that someone in the audience was injecting other people with drugs.

The stampede took place around 9.30 pm on Friday at Scott’s Astroworld music festival in Houston. As fans in the audience of about 50,000 surged toward the stage, some fell unconscious after suffering “medical issues” while others were injured, the police said. The show was halted by 10 pm and the festival was cancelled.

The police said that there were “a lot of narratives out there right now about alleged criminal behaviour in the audience”, The Guardian reported. One of the narratives pertained to an unidentified security officer at the concert claiming he felt a prick in his neck before falling unconscious.

City Police Chief Troy Finner said that the medical officials also pointed at the needle mark on the security officer’s neck.

“We do have a report of a security officer, according to the medical staff that was out and treated him last night, that he was reaching over to restrain a citizen and he felt a prick in his neck,” Finner said….

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