A Shreveport band describes chaos after a car plowed through a South by Southwest festival crowd not far from their venue late Wednesday night in Austin, killing two people.
Super Water Sympathy was just wrapping up a performance just a few blocks away when 21-year-old Rashad Charjuan Owens allegedly drove the wrong way down a one-way street and rammed through the barriers.
"They're very clear about where the vehicles are supposed to go," explains Super Water Sympathy singer Ansley Hughes. "It would be like a vehicle plowing down a parade route in Shreveport."
"It was so horrible, because those barricades are there for a reason," says Hughes. "The places where the streets are closed, it's not even a big area. We put everything in the van, we heard sirens. We were probably just a few blocks from the location where it initially happened. Right as we got back to the hotel room our keyboard player was like ‘Guys that wasn't normal, someone just died.'"
Owens, who police say was drunk at the time, kept going after crashing through the barriers and hit a moped. The couple riding on it was killed. Another two dozen people were hurt, several critically.
One witness recording video of the scene described seeing "People down every 10 feet, everywhere you look, somebody's been hit." Music was still in the air as people lay on the street and officers performed CPR on victims.
Owens was eventually tasered and taken into custody. He now faces two counts of capital murder and aggravated assault charges.
"It sucks those precautions weren't taken sooner, because had there been a little extra security, a little bit higher blockade. South by Southwest is just absolute chaos. It'd be similar to that happening at Mardi Gras," Hughes says.
Super Water Sympathy will be racing back home to play at the Bossier Arts Council's annual Artini on March 15.
Sunday, August 31 2014 3:28 PM EDT2014-08-31 19:28:29 GMT
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