A man is in custody after he drove his car into a crowd at the SXSW music festival in Austin, Texas, killing two people early Thursday morning, according to authorities.
Police say officers tried to pull the man over for drunken driving and he sped off, then plowed into a crowd. Officials from the University Medical Center Brackenridge Emergency Department said the driver has been released from hospital to investigators. At least 23 people were injured, and hospital officials say a majority of the victims are in their 20s.
Musicians scheduled to perform at the festival tweeted about the accident, telling fans about show cancellations and expressing condolences.
Tyler the Creator, who was supposed to be a headliner at the festival, tweeted, "Show Isnt Happening, Something Sad Happened. I'm Bummed." (His Twitter handle includes expletives that we cannot print.)
Other musicians, witnesses, reporters and even lawmakers also used Twitter to get the information out and to express thoughts on the tragedy.
Our thoughts go out to those affected by last night's tragic accident. SXSW programming will go on. Updates to follow http://t.co/RzepIOeCfC
— SXSW (@sxsw) March 13, 2014
I was less than a foot from death.
— Pablo Vazquez, III (@TheMrSaturday) March 13, 2014
Musician who was injured said grey Prius flew through barricades into pedestrians: "He gunned it." #sxsw
I was heartbroken to hear of the tragic deaths and injuries at the #SXSW festival. My prayers are with the victims and their families today.
— Wendy Davis (@WendyDavisTexas) March 13, 2014
Show cancelled tonight. Dozens of people were hit by a drunk driver. My heart goes out to the victims and survivors.
— Cities Aviv (@CitiesAviv) March 13, 2014
— JessicaDelfino (@jessicadelfino) March 13, 2014
This #SXSW tragedy really irks me... See this is why they'll never let musicians move up in the world... This is why we're looked at wrong
— KLOKWIZE (@Klokwize) March 13, 2014
Austin Police Department media briefing regarding a car crash... http://t.co/ptMCuPk0iV so sorry how strange
— Exene Cervenka (@exenecervenka) March 13, 2014
— Anthony Quintano (@AnthonyQuintano) March 13, 2014
— Marcus Moore (@MarcusMoorewfaa) March 13, 2014
— Tania Ortega (@TaniaonFox7) March 13, 2014
Crime scene being processed at the site of tonight's brutal drunk driving accident. 2 dead, 23 injured. pic.twitter.com/7V8Oabfxgb
— Josh Rubin (@JoshRubinCNN) March 13, 2014
— kristen orsborn (@kristenorsborn) March 13, 2014
Jeep might want to cancel their promoted tweet for the search term 'SXSW car' pic.twitter.com/DaqaTiHjvJ
— Neal Mann (@fieldproducer) March 13, 2014
Austin police chief: Suspect tased and apprehended. Will be charged with two counts of capital murder. #sxsw
— Brian A. Hernandez (@BAHjournalist) March 13, 2014
2 Dead, 23 Injured After Car Runs Through Crowd at SXSW http://t.co/eOaNHEYfCd
— Lance Ulanoff (@LanceUlanoff) March 13, 2014
— Jim Roberts (@nycjim) March 13, 2014
— Matthew Keys (@MatthewKeysLive) March 13, 2014
Thoughts and prayers go out to the people affected by the accident tonight at SXSW :(
— ✨Kennedy Jones✨ (@KennedyJonesTHO) March 13, 2014
Laying in my bunk feeling awful for those involved in the incident tonight at #sxsw. Life is too short and fragile
— Josh Abbott (@joshabbottband) March 13,
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— Omar L. Gallaga (@omarg) March 13, 2014