The origins of the stampede were not known, but police speculated that there could have been false reports of gunfire or large fights spurring the crowd to flee en masse, according to Nola.com.
The surging crowds overran fences, a medical tent and booths on both sides of the stage.
Concession employees reported thefts of beverages and liquor bottles as well as tip jars and cash registers during the chaos.
However, the show continued with Meek Mill, Travis Scott, Lil Wayne, Future, DJ Khaled and others making appearances. No announcement was made that addressed the stampede.
“My brother said to me and my cousin, ‘Run. Just run. I don’t know what’s happening,’” local attorney Melanie Melasky told nola.com. “I turned around at one point to see what was happening, but everyone was running away."
She was “terrified, as many were. I feel like our city failed us at a festival. The security was terrible. This could have been disastrous.”
Those injured in the stampede who received treatment reported cuts, deep scrapes and bruises to the medical staff at the festival.