17 are left dead after horrific stampede at a nightclub in Venezuela
According to CNN, 17 people are left dead after a horrific stampede at a nightclub in Venezuela’s capital city, Caracas, with an additional five left injured. The tragic event took place at the Los Cotorros nightclub on Saturday for a pre-graduation party. Five hundred individuals were packed into the venue when a fight broke out around 3am, where an attendee detonated a tear gas canister causing wide-spread panic and a stampede.
National Police reported 11 people passed away via asphyxiation. Eight of the victims were under 18. Venezuela’s interior minister Nestor Reverol said that seven people, including two minors, have been detained as suspects of the attack. According to Reverol, an eyewitness mentioned it was one of the minors who set off the canister. The nightclub has been ordered to shutdown and the venue owner has been arrested for not having proper security to ensure no weapons entered the club.