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49ers, Cowboys fans stampede into AT&T Stadium

Watch: 49ers, Cowboys fans stampede into AT&T Stadium

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Jan 16, 2022

Jon Machota of The Athletic posted the following video of fans stampeding into AT&T Stadium when doors opened for the Wild Card playoff game between the San Francisco 49ers and Dallas Cowboys two hours before kickoff.

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“For a typical game, the Dallas Cowboys’ home at AT&T Stadium can hold around 80,000 people. But for big games, the capacity can expand to 100,000 with its extensive standing room only area,” explained Andrew Joseph of For the Win.

Kickoff between the two teams is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. PT (3:30 p.m. CT). The Cowboys are currently 3.5-point favorites.

With the Tampa Bay Buccaneers currently taking care of business against the Philadelphia Eagles, a 49ers win would set up a matchup against the Green Bay Packers next weekend.

https://www.49erswebzone.com/articles/155021-watch-49ers-cowboys-fans-stampede-into-att-stadium/

Oregon Concert Shooting Leaves Six People Hospitalized, No Suspect in Custody

An event featuring rappers Lil Bean and Zay Bang was being held at Eugene’s WOW Hall at the time.

By AP 1/15/22

Six people were shot during a concert at an event hall in Oregon on Friday night (Jan. 14), and the suspected shooter was not yet in custody, police said.

Officers responded to the WOW Hall in Eugene after reports of a shooting around 9:30 p.m., police said in a statement.

“What law enforcement found when they came on scene is what you would exactly expect when six people just got shot,” Eugene Police Chief Chris Skinner said at a news conference. “People are just trying to get out of here, their friends are on the ground, they’re trying to help.”

Six people were taken to the hospital, and at least one of them was in critical condition, Skinner said. The extent of the other injuries was not immediately clear.

The shooting happened in a back parking lot outside the venue, police and WOW Hall leaders said.

A concert featuring Lil Bean and Zay Bang, and other artists, was being held at the hall at the time.

Police said no suspect was in custody. Skinner described “chaos” when officers arrived, and said investigators had not received much information from possible witnesses.

WOW Hall released a statement on its website acknowledging the shooting but declining to speculate on any details.

“We at the WOW Hall want to thank all first responders who came so quickly to ensure everyone’s safety and administer first aid,” the message said. “We believe all staff and volunteers are safe and accounted for.”

Investigators have not determined whether the shooting was random or targeted, the police chief said.

https://www.billboard.com/music/music-news/eugene-oregon-concert-shooting-lil-bean-zay-bang-1235019601/

Eagles fans claim injury, deny that WFT offered medical aid after FedEx Field railing collapse

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Eagles fans claim injury, deny that WFT offered medical aid after FedEx Field railing collapse

Jason Owens

Mon, January 3, 2022, 8:46 PM

The Washington Football Team claims that it offered medical assistance to fans who fell over a railing at FedEx Field on Sunday as it collapsed near Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts.

Some of those fans claim otherwise.

In interviews with the Philadelphia Inquirer and ESPN on Monday, multiple Eagles fans said that they were injured during the incident and that the team did not offer onsite medical attention.

“They didn’t ask if anyone was hurt, and they sure as hell didn’t ask if anybody needed medical attention,” 26-year-old Andrew Collins of Brooklawn, New Jersey told ESPN’s Tim McManus. “The only thing the staff said to us was to get the eff off the field.”

Another 26-year-old fan named Mike Naimoli from from Sicklerville, New Jersey told ESPN that he was told by staff: “Everybody get the eff off the field.” He added: “[they] quickly grabbed us away from Jalen and shooed us up into the stands.”

Naimoli and Collins are friends. Both claim injuries to themselves and others. Both told similar stories to the Inquirer.

Fans lay on the ground after a railing collapsed causing them to fall towards Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) at the end of an NFL football game, Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022, in Landover, Md. Philadelphia won 20-16. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Several fans fell to the ground after a railing collapsed at FedEx Field. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

WFT: Everyone ‘was offered onsite medical evaluation’

The Washington Football Team released a statement Sunday evening addressing the incident:

“To our knowledge, everyone involved was offered onsite medical evaluation and left the stadium of their own accord,” the statement reads. “We’re very glad no one appears to have been seriously injured. The safety of our fans and guests is of the utmost importance and we are looking into what occurred.”

Naimoli told ESPN that statement was “completely incorrect.”

Report: EMS team responded quickly

A source told ESPN that “Prince George’s County EMS personnel were on the scene within five minutes and began treating those who needed medical attention,” according to McManus. That source added that staff weren’t aware of anyone else needing medical attention in the aftermath of the collapse.

In case you missed it, here’s video of the incident:

Here’s another angle from the stands:

Fans’ medical claims

According to ESPN, Naimoli is the fan wearing the green No. 1 Hurts jersey getting a selfie with the Eagles quarterback. Naimoli told the Inquirer that his initial instinct was to get up and take the selfie. He said that he felt numbness at the time of the collapse.

“Obviously, there was a bunch of people on the barricades,” Naimoli told the Inquirer. “That was applying pressure and made my fingers go numb for a second and turn purple instantly.”

He claims he later experienced pain in his hand and neck on the drive home and that he spent the night at New Jersey’s Inspira Medical Center. He told the Inquirer he didn’t suffer broken bones and was advised to get an MRI if the pain persists. He told ESPN he was diagnosed with a cervical strain, a head injury and elbow and knee contusions.

Collins told ESPN that he experienced lower back pain and a pulled groin on Monday. Naimoli’s 24-year-old fiancée Morgan French and Collins’ 22-year-old girlfriend Marissa Santarlasci claim “substantial leg bruising,” according to ESPN.

Was area restricted, properly designated?

A Washington Football Team spokesperson told the Inquirer and ESPN that the section that collapsed was designated for wheelchair access under the Americans with Disabilities Act — that the railing was attached to a wheelchair ramp instead of anchored in concrete and not intended to be load-bearing.

Naimoli told ESPN there was no signage indicating that access was restricted and that they were granted access by a security staffer.

“The security guard at the bottom, we [asked] him, ‘Can we go over there?’ And he was like, ‘Yeah,’” Naimoli said. “If Washington Football Team wants to come out and say that the area is restricted, there was no documentation of that at all.

“The one security guard that was right in front of that area swept us in there and was like, ‘OK, go ahead over to the tunnel.’”

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy addressed the incident in a statement to ESPN:

“We are reviewing the matter with the club to understand what happened and to ensure it does not happen again.”

https://www.yahoo.com/sports/eagles-fans-claim-injury-deny-that-wft-offered-medical-aid-after-fed-ex-field-railing-collapse-024643467.html

Astroworld deaths: Victims were as young as 14 in ‘mass casualty incident’ at Travis Scott festival

Elise Brisco

USA TODAY
11/6/2021

Crowd surging at Travis Scott‘s Astroworld music festival led to eight deaths and “scores” of injuries, according to authorities.

Officials declared the Houston concert a “mass casualty incident” after getting a call Friday evening to the festival that took place at NRG Park. An estimated 50,000 people were in attendance at what the festival’s website considered a sold-out show.

The surge began around the time that Scott, a festival headliner and founder, took the stage.

“The crowd began to compress toward the front of the stage, and that caused some panic, and it started causing some injuries,” Houston Fire Chief Samuel Peña said at an overnight media briefing. “People began to fall out, become unconscious, and it created additional panic.”

Here’s everything we know about the music festival that turned fatal.

How many Astroworld deaths, injuries?

According to Houston authorities, eight attendees died after what they describe as a crowd surge at the Astroworld festival Friday night shortly after 9 p.m.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said at a Saturday afternoon news conference there were 25 people transported to the hospital, and 13 are still hospitalized. A 10-year-old is in critical condition, officials said. There were scores of other injuries, Peña said. At least 11 suffered cardiac arrest, he added.

The victims who died ranged in age from 14 to 27, Turner said. One person’s age was unknown. Autopsies will be performed before the victims are released to their families, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo said.

Six of the eight victims’ names have been released, among them: Danish Baig, 27; Rodolfo Angel Peña, 23; Axel Acosta, 21; Franco Patino, 21; Brianna Rodriguez, 16; and John Hilgert, 14.

More:Astroworld Festival victims were teens, college students and at least one aspiring model

Officials who spoke during Saturday’s news conference did not confirm causes of death for the eight victims. Rodolfo Peña’s brother, Guadalupe Peña, told USA TODAY authorities said his brother died of cardiac arrest while at the show.

Many others were treated at the scene, where a field hospital had been set up. About 300 people were examined at that site throughout the day Friday.

Astroworld promoters had medical personnel and an emergency transport component at the festival that “were quickly overwhelmed” as the injury count mounted at what the fire chief described as a “really a chaotic event.”

What are Astroworld witnesses saying?

Astroworld festivalgoers said they witnessed dozens trampled by the massive crowd, teenagers giving each other CPR and fans screaming out for help that was slow to come Friday night.

“People were trying to get closer to Travis and ignored the pile of people they were stepping on. Some were crying, others were bleeding from their faces and I was the only one helping while the crowd just danced away,” professional DJ Billy Nasser told USA TODAY.

Nasser has worked and attended festivals such as Rolling Loud and said nothing compared to the “madness” he experienced at Astroworld. He noted there was a barricade around the crowd for Scott’s set that made it “nearly impossible” to get out.

‘They were not breathing’: Astroworld survivors recount bodies trampled, overwhelmed security

Rene Perez and Charles Alford also attended the festival and were shocked by the number of people passing out or being crushed by the crowd. As people in need were screaming, Perez said paramedics struggled to get through the crowd.

“It was insane and dangerous, it was dark and you saw people reaching their hands out from the ground, and me and my friend tried to help them,” Perez told USA TODAY. “It just felt like staffing was low, and it felt like we were the only ones helping.”

More witnesses react:Astroworld attendees call Travis Scott’s festival ‘dangerous,’ say help was slow to arrive

What is a crowd surge?

A crowd surge can occur at festivals, concerts and large events when attendees collectively push forward which can lead to large groups of people falling, shoving or being pressured to move past barricades.

Houston Police Executive Assistant Chief Larry Satterwhite was near the front of the crowd and said it seemed the surge at Friday’s concert ”happened all at once.”

“Suddenly we had several people down on the ground, experiencing some type of cardiac arrest or some type of medical episode,” Satterwhite said. “And so we immediately started doing CPR, and moving people right then, and that’s when I went and met with the promoters, and Live Nation, and they agreed to end early in the interest of public safety.”

Houston Police Chief Troy Finner called for calm and urged people not to “speculate” about what caused the surge.

“I think it’s very important that none of us speculate. Nobody has all the answers tonight,” Finner said. “We’re going to do an investigation and find out because it’s not fair to the producers, to anybody else involved, until we determine what happened, what caused the surge,” he said.

How do crowd surges cause deaths?

It’s usually not because victims are trampled: They’re squeezed so hard they can’t get any oxygen.

When a crowd surges, the force can be strong enough to bend steel. It can also hit people from two directions: one from the rear of the crowd pushing forward and another from the front of the crowd trying to escape. If people have fallen, causing a pileup, pressure can even come from above. Victims’ lungs are caught in the middle.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/entertainment/music/2021/11/06/travis-scott-astroworld-what-we-know-mass-casualty-event/6317049001/

Texas drag race driver slams into spectators, killing 2 kids

Texas drag race driver slams into spectators, killing 2 kids

Associated Press
Sun, October 24, 2021, 10:29 AM

KERRVILLE, Texas (AP) — A driver lost control during a Texas drag racing event on an airport runway and slammed into a crowd of spectators, killing two children and injuring eight other people, authorities said.

A 6-year-old boy and an 8-year-old boy were killed in the crash Saturday afternoon at an event called “Airport Race Wars 2″ at the Kerrville-Kerr County Airport, police said in a news release. The organized event was attended by thousands and involved drivers speeding down a runway as they competed for cash.

The driver “lost control and left the runway, crashing into parked vehicles and striking spectators who were observing the races,” Kerrville police said.

The injured victims were taken to various hospitals, including a 46-year-old woman who was listed in critical condition. The majority of the other injuries were not believed to be life-threatening, although the condition of a 26-year-old man was unknown, authorities said. A 4-year-old boy and a 3-month-old girl were taken to a hospital for precautionary evaluations.
Authorities have not released the identities of the two children who were killed at the event about 60 miles (97 kilometers) northwest of San Antonio.

The Kerrville Convention and Visitors Bureau’s website promoted the event as an “action packed, family-friendly day” in which fans could watch the “fastest drag cars compete for over $8000 in total prizes.”

Upward of 3,500 people were in attendance, according to Louis Amestoy, a freelance journalist who was at the event.

The race was an eighth of a mile (0.2 kilometers) long, and water-filled plastic barriers lined the course. But Amestoy said they didn’t extend past the finish line, leaving no protection between spectators and cars as they were slowing down at the end of the race.

Spectators could get within about 15 feet (4.6 meters) of the track, and many watched the race from lawn chairs in the absence of stands. Organizers reminded people to stay in the grass and off the asphalt, Amestoy told The Associated Press in a phone interview.

The driver was nearing the end of the strip when the car veered off course, Amestoy said.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/texas-drag-race-driver-slams-152900035.html

Nets briefly put Barclays Center on lockdown after protest for Kyrie Irving turns ugly

Nets briefly put Barclays Center on lockdown after protest for Kyrie Irving turns ugly

Jack Baer

·Writer
Sun, October 24, 2021, 5:01 PM

Kyrie Irving was neither seen nor heard at the Brooklyn Nets‘ home opener on Sunday, but the effects of his decision to refuse to get vaccinated were on full display.

Ahead of the game, a large group of vaccine mandate protesters appeared outside the Barclays Center, demanding Irving be allowed to play NBA games again. Even though he is barred from only Nets home games due to New York protocols, the Nets have announced Irving will not play until the situation is resolved.

Wearing shirts reading slogans such as “Stand with Kyrie” and chanting “Let Kyrie play,” the crowd soon turned aggressive and stormed past the barricades outside the arena.

Newsday’s Barbara Barker reported the group included supporters of President Donald Trump and people with Black Lives Matter signs, while another source claimed to hear a reference to the Jan. 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol.

The situation was ugly enough that the Nets shut down admission into the Barclays Center while trying to keep protesters out of the building, per Barker. The lockdown was ultimately brief, with Newsday’s Greg Logan reporting minutes later that arena personnel and police got the situation under control and fans with tickets were being admitted again.

The Barclays Center later released a short statement confirming the lockdown:

“Barclays Center briefly closed its doors today in order to clear protestors from the main doors on the plaza and ensure guests could safely enter the arena. Only ticketed guests were able to enter the building and the game proceeded according to schedule.”

The effects of Kyrie Irving’s vaccine refusal

As the situation of his vaccine refusal has escalated, Irving has become a figure around which anti-vaccine mandate voices have rallied, garnering shows of support from several conservative figureheads, including Senator U.S. Senator Ted Cruz and Donald Trump Jr.

Current New York vaccine statutes require home players to be vaccinated to get on the court, which led to Irving missing the Nets’ media day and preseason games. The Nets found a loophole so he could practice, but the team eventually decided it didn’t want Irving playing if he was limited to only road games. It has also held off on any talks regarding a potential $186 million extension for the star point guard.

The repercussions of Irving’s refusal to get vaccinated as his team begins its season have led to a predictable uproar even as the player himself has remained relatively quiet, limiting his statements to cryptic tweets and a single Instagram Live session in which he insisted he has no plans to retire.

Irving has tried to stress that he is not anti-vaccine and merely trying to be a “voice for the voiceless,” as a member of his camp put it, but it seems the people behind him have plenty of voice if Sunday’s events are any judge.

https://www.yahoo.com/sports/nets-barclays-center-lockdown-kyrie-irving-protest-nba-220143596.html

1 dead, 2 injured in separate falls at Phish concert in San Francisco

1 dead, 2 injured in separate falls at Phish concert in San Francisco

Tim Stelloh
Mon, October 18, 2021, 4:49 PM CDT

One person died and two other people were injured in separate falls during an arena concert Sunday in San Francisco by the band Phish, authorities said.

The legendary jam band was playing at the Chase Center near downtown, a San Francisco police spokesman said in a statement.

The first person, identified only as an adult man, fell just before 9 p.m. local time and was pronounced dead at the scene, the statement said. Foul play isn’t suspected, the spokesman said.

Citing an ongoing investigation, the spokesman, Robert Rueca, declined to say whether the person fell from an upper level.

A witness cited by the San Francisco Chronicle said he was in a top row of the arena, which also hosts the Golden State Warriors, when he saw a man plunge over the side.

The witness said he saw a second person fall in a different section of the arena a short time later.

Police said the second person fell at 9:45 p.m. The person, also an adult man, hit someone else as he fell. Both were taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. No crimes are suspected, the statement said.

It wasn’t clear whether the concert continued after the first man fell to his death. The venue didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. A spokesperson deferred questions to police in a statement to NBC Bay Area.

“We extend our heartfelt condolences to the guest’s loved ones,” the statement said.

The band didn’t immediately comment on the death or the injuries.

https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/1-dead-2-injured-separate-214900438.html

Four shot at high school game

4 shot at Alabama high school football game

Phil Helsel
Sat, October 16, 2021, 12:39 AM

Four people were shot when gunfire erupted Friday night outside an Alabama high school football game, police said.

One person was in critical condition. Two of the four people shot were juveniles, Mobile Police Chief Paul Prine told reporters.

The shooting happened just before 10 p.m. on an exit ramp outside Ladd-Peebles Stadium as the game between rivals Williamson and Vigor high schools was coming to an end.

The shooting was not on the field or stands, but crowds fled to the exits and players dropped to the ground for safety, AL.com reported.

Police believe there may have been several people involved but only one shooter, Prine said. No arrests have been made.

Between five and seven shots are believed to have been fired, the police chief said. A motive is under investigation.

“I’m disturbed by it,” Prine said. “This is a place where family comes, children come after being in school all week.”

https://www.yahoo.com/news/4-shot-alabama-high-school-053913207.html

Witness: Mom Was Jumping on Bench With Toddler Before Deadly Petco Park Fall

A woman and her 2-year-old son died when they fell from the third-level concourse at the San Diego Padres’ baseball park on Saturday

By Dana Griffin and Aleah Jarin • Published September 27, 2021 • Updated on September 28, 2021 at 2:09 pm

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A witness to a mother and toddler’s deadly fall at Petco Park said the mother had a close call while jumping on a picnic table bench, with her 2-year-old son in her arms, near the ledge of an upper concourse. The witness said she was shocked to see the mother climb up on the bench with her son a second time.

“She lost her balance and fell off the bench. I remarked to my son, ‘Oh my gosh she almost fell,’” the witness, who did not want to be identified, wrote in a statement shared with NBC 7.

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Mother, Child Fall From Petco Park Balcony
Police are continuing to investigate what led up to a mother and child falling off a third story balcony just before a Padres game Saturday. NBC 7′s Melissa Adan reports.

The mother, child and a man were sitting at a picnic table on the third concourse of the stadium at around 4 p.m. Saturday, just before the first pitch of the San Diego Padres game, according to the San Diego Police Department.

https://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/i-cant-believe-shes-doing-that-again-witness-describes-mom-and-toddlers-deadly-fall-at-petco-park/2729695/

Nationals-Padres game suspended after shooting outside Nationals Park gate

Jack Baer

Sat, July 17, 2021

A terrifying scene unfolded at Nationals Park on Saturday, enough to suspend a game against the San Diego Padres.

Four people were shot directly outside the stadium’s third base gate, the DC Police Department confirmed on Twitter. Police told The Washington Post that a man had been shot in the leg and a woman shot in the back, while two others walked into local hospitals for treatment.

The Nationals reacted to the confusion by cautioning fans to stay inside the stadium, but later confirmed there had been a shooting and encouraged fans to exit through gates in the outfield. The building was later evacuated, including the press box, while the police blocked off the scene of the crime.

Sam Fortier of The Washington Post reports that stadium employees called the incident a drive-by shooting.

The shots appeared partially audible on the MASN broadcast as the Nationals returned to the dugout after the top of the sixth inning:

Sounds of gunshots were clearly audible in the park, to the point that several fans could be seen fleeing out of the center field and right field gates in the immediate aftermath.

Even Nationals and Padres players weren’t immune to the panic. Padres stars Fernando Tatis Jr. and Manny Machado reportedly opened the gate to the field so spectators could run into the dugout with them, while Nationals pitcher Patrick Corbin, who started the game, was seen in the concourse.

https://currently.att.yahoo.com/att/nationals-padres-game-called-shooting-nationals-park-gate-mlb-020425378.html?.tsrc=daily_mail&uh_test=1_11

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