Rap fans crushed to death in panic in Ital­ian night­club

Sunday Express - - CRISIS IN MENTAL HEALTH - By Kat Hopps

SIX PEO­PLE in­clud­ing five teenagers have been killed in a night­club stam­pede.

More than 100 were also in­jured in the crush in Cori­naldo, Italy.

It is be­lieved to have been started af­ter pep­per spray was re­leased into the crowd.

Five of the vic­tims – three girls and two boys – were aged be­tween 14 and 16.

A 39-year-old woman who ac­com­pa­nied her daugh­ter to the rap con­cert also died as they fled the venue in the early hours of yes­ter­day, po­lice said.

The deaths were caused when a walk­way lead­ing out of Lan­terna Az­zurra night­club col­lapsed, caus­ing dozens of peo­ple to fall into a trench be­low.

Around 1,000 peo­ple were at the venue to see rap­per Sfera Eb­basta per­form to mark the Feast of the Im­mac­u­late Con­cep­tion.

Of­fi­cials said 13 of the in­jured were se­ri­ously hurt in the crush at about 1am. The emer­gency ser­vices tweeted pic­tures of the wounded re­ceiv­ing treat­ment out­side the club. Wit­nesses re­ported hun­dreds flee­ing for the ex­its af­ter a nox­ious sub­stance re­sem­bling pep­per spray was fired into the crowd.

Deputy prime minister Mat­teo Salvini said in a state­ment:

“Peo­ple can­not die like this. We will find those re­spon­si­ble for these six bro­ken lives, those who out of mal­ice, stu­pid­ity or greed have turned a party night into a tragedy.”

Ital­ian news agency ANSA spoke to a teenager who said at least one of the night­club ex­its was blocked.

The boy said: “We were wait­ing for the con­cert to start when we smelt this pun­gent odour.

“We ran to one of the emer­gency ex­its but found it blocked. The bounc­ers told us to go back.”

Au­thor­i­ties are in­ves­ti­gat­ing whether ex­its were open.

It is not clear how many peo­ple were in­side the night­club when the stam­pede hap­pened.

TRAGEDY: Im­ages of the in­jured re­ceiv­ing treat­ment out­side the club were tweeted by the emer­gency ser­vices

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