Italian police question witnesses in deadly disco stampede

Italian police question witnesses in deadly disco stampede
Relatives and friends comfort each others outside the morgue in Corinaldo, central Italy, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018. A stampede at a rap concert in an overcrowded disco in central Italy killed five young teenagers and a woman who had accompanied her daughter to the event early Saturday, police said, adding that 59 people were injured. (AP Photo/Bobo Antic) (Bobo Antic)

ROME (AP) — Italian police are questioning more witnesses to find who sprayed an irritant, triggering a deadly stampede in an overcrowded disco in a town near the Adriatic port of Ancona.

Police Col. Cristian Carrozza of the Ancona Carabinieri on Sunday declined to confirm Italian media reports that investigators had identified a juvenile as the alleged sprayer. He told RaiNews24 that police had questioned more than 80 witnesses to Saturday's pre-dawn stampede at the Blue Lagoon disco in Corinaldo and would speak to dozens more.

Five teens, all minors, and a mother who accompanied her child to the rap concert at the disco were killed in the stampede. More than 50 concertgoers were injured, with seven still in very serious condition Sunday.

Investigators say hundreds more tickets were sold than the disco could handle.

A view of the rear entrance of the disco 'Lanterna Azzurra' in Corinaldo, central Italy, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018. Italian police say a stampede at a rap concert in an overcrowded disco killed five young teenagers early Saturday along with a woman who had brought her daughter to the event. Fifty-three others were injured at the disco in central Italy where Italian rapper Sfera Ebbasta was to perform. Authorities said organizers had apparently sold too many tickets. Police say 13 of the injured are in serious condition. (Pasquale Bove/ANSA via AP)
A view of the rear entrance of the disco 'Lanterna Azzurra' in Corinaldo, central Italy, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018. Italian police say a stampede at a rap concert in an overcrowded disco killed five young teenagers early Saturday along with a woman who had brought her daughter to the event. Fifty-three others were injured at the disco in central Italy where Italian rapper Sfera Ebbasta was to perform. Authorities said organizers had apparently sold too many tickets. Police say 13 of the injured are in serious condition. (Pasquale Bove/ANSA via AP) (AP)
A view of the rear entrance of the disco 'Lanterna Azzurra' in Corinaldo, central Italy, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018. Italian police say a stampede at a rap concert in an overcrowded disco killed five young teenagers early Saturday along with a woman who had brought her daughter to the event. Fifty-three others were injured at the disco in central Italy where Italian rapper Sfera Ebbasta was to perform. Authorities said organizers had apparently sold too many tickets. Police say 13 of the injured are in serious condition. (Pasquale Bove/ANSA via AP)
A view of the rear entrance of the disco 'Lanterna Azzurra' in Corinaldo, central Italy, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018. Italian police say a stampede at a rap concert in an overcrowded disco killed five young teenagers early Saturday along with a woman who had brought her daughter to the event. Fifty-three others were injured at the disco in central Italy where Italian rapper Sfera Ebbasta was to perform. Authorities said organizers had apparently sold too many tickets. Police say 13 of the injured are in serious condition. (Pasquale Bove/ANSA via AP) (AP)
Italian Interior Minister and Deputy-Premier Matteo Salvini, flanked by Ancona's head of Police Oreste Capocasa leaves disco Lanterna Azzurra after a site inspection, in Corinaldo, central Italy, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018. A stampede at a rap concert in an overcrowded disco in central Italy killed five young teenagers and a woman who had accompanied her daughter to the event early Saturday, police said, adding that 59 people were injured. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Italian Interior Minister and Deputy-Premier Matteo Salvini, flanked by Ancona's head of Police Oreste Capocasa leaves disco Lanterna Azzurra after a site inspection, in Corinaldo, central Italy, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018. A stampede at a rap concert in an overcrowded disco in central Italy killed five young teenagers and a woman who had accompanied her daughter to the event early Saturday, police said, adding that 59 people were injured. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini) (AP)
A girl cries as lifeless bodies lie on the ground outside disco Lanterna Azzurra in Corinaldo, central Italy, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018. A stampede at a rap concert in an overcrowded disco in central Italy killed five young teenagers and a woman who had accompanied her daughter to the event early Saturday, police said, adding that 59 people were injured. (AP Photo/Bobo Antic)
A girl cries as lifeless bodies lie on the ground outside disco Lanterna Azzurra in Corinaldo, central Italy, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018. A stampede at a rap concert in an overcrowded disco in central Italy killed five young teenagers and a woman who had accompanied her daughter to the event early Saturday, police said, adding that 59 people were injured. (AP Photo/Bobo Antic) (AP)
Italian Interior Minister and Deputy-Premier Matteo Salvini leaves disco Lanterna Azzurra after a site inspection, in Corinaldo, central Italy, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018. A stampede at a rap concert in an overcrowded disco in central Italy killed five young teenagers and a woman who had accompanied her daughter to the event early Saturday, police said, adding that 59 people were injured. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Italian Interior Minister and Deputy-Premier Matteo Salvini leaves disco Lanterna Azzurra after a site inspection, in Corinaldo, central Italy, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018. A stampede at a rap concert in an overcrowded disco in central Italy killed five young teenagers and a woman who had accompanied her daughter to the event early Saturday, police said, adding that 59 people were injured. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini) (AP)
Italian Interior Minister and Deputy-Premier Matteo Salvini, flanked by Ancona's head of Police Oreste Capocasa leaves disco Lanterna Azzurra after a site inspection, in Corinaldo, central Italy, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018. A stampede at a rap concert in an overcrowded disco in central Italy killed five young teenagers and a woman who had accompanied her daughter to the event early Saturday, police said, adding that 59 people were injured. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Italian Interior Minister and Deputy-Premier Matteo Salvini, flanked by Ancona's head of Police Oreste Capocasa leaves disco Lanterna Azzurra after a site inspection, in Corinaldo, central Italy, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018. A stampede at a rap concert in an overcrowded disco in central Italy killed five young teenagers and a woman who had accompanied her daughter to the event early Saturday, police said, adding that 59 people were injured. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini) (AP)
Italian Interior Minister and Deputy-Premier Matteo Salvini leaves disco Lanterna Azzurra after a site inspection, in Corinaldo, central Italy, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018. A stampede at a rap concert in an overcrowded disco in central Italy killed five young teenagers and a woman who had accompanied her daughter to the event early Saturday, police said, adding that 59 people were injured. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Italian Interior Minister and Deputy-Premier Matteo Salvini leaves disco Lanterna Azzurra after a site inspection, in Corinaldo, central Italy, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018. A stampede at a rap concert in an overcrowded disco in central Italy killed five young teenagers and a woman who had accompanied her daughter to the event early Saturday, police said, adding that 59 people were injured. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini) (AP)
An inside view of disco Lanterna Azzurra in Corinaldo, central Italy, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018. A stampede at a rap concert in an overcrowded disco in central Italy killed five young teenagers and a woman who had accompanied her daughter to the event early Saturday, police said, adding that 59 people were injured. (AP Photo/Bobo Antic)
An inside view of disco Lanterna Azzurra in Corinaldo, central Italy, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018. A stampede at a rap concert in an overcrowded disco in central Italy killed five young teenagers and a woman who had accompanied her daughter to the event early Saturday, police said, adding that 59 people were injured. (AP Photo/Bobo Antic) (AP)
An inside view af disco Lanterna Azzurra in Corinaldo, central Italy, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018. A stampede at a rap concert in an overcrowded disco in central Italy killed five young teenagers and a woman who had accompanied her daughter to the event early Saturday, police said, adding that 59 people were injured. (AP Photo/Bobo Antic)
An inside view af disco Lanterna Azzurra in Corinaldo, central Italy, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018. A stampede at a rap concert in an overcrowded disco in central Italy killed five young teenagers and a woman who had accompanied her daughter to the event early Saturday, police said, adding that 59 people were injured. (AP Photo/Bobo Antic) (AP)
Rescuers assist an injured woman outside disco Lanterna Azzurra in Corinaldo, central Italy, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018. A stampede at a rap concert in an overcrowded disco in central Italy killed five young teenagers and a woman who had accompanied her daughter to the event early Saturday, police said, adding that 59 people were injured. (AP Photo/Bobo Antic)
Rescuers assist an injured woman outside disco Lanterna Azzurra in Corinaldo, central Italy, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018. A stampede at a rap concert in an overcrowded disco in central Italy killed five young teenagers and a woman who had accompanied her daughter to the event early Saturday, police said, adding that 59 people were injured. (AP Photo/Bobo Antic) (AP)
Rescuers assist injured people outside disco Lanterna Azzurra in Corinaldo, central Italy, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018. A stampede at a rap concert in an overcrowded disco in central Italy killed five young teenagers and a woman who had accompanied her daughter to the event early Saturday, police said, adding that 59 people were injured. (AP Photo/Bobo Antic)
Rescuers assist injured people outside disco Lanterna Azzurra in Corinaldo, central Italy, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018. A stampede at a rap concert in an overcrowded disco in central Italy killed five young teenagers and a woman who had accompanied her daughter to the event early Saturday, police said, adding that 59 people were injured. (AP Photo/Bobo Antic) (AP)
People stand in front of a bodie lying on the ground outside disco Lanterna Azzurra in Corinaldo, central Italy, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018. A stampede at a rap concert in an overcrowded disco in central Italy killed five young teenagers and a woman who had accompanied her daughter to the event early Saturday, police said, adding that 59 people were injured. (AP Photo/Bobo Antic)
People stand in front of a bodie lying on the ground outside disco Lanterna Azzurra in Corinaldo, central Italy, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018. A stampede at a rap concert in an overcrowded disco in central Italy killed five young teenagers and a woman who had accompanied her daughter to the event early Saturday, police said, adding that 59 people were injured. (AP Photo/Bobo Antic) (AP)