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Published on June 20, 2024
17-Year-Old Arrested in Connection with Round Rock Juneteenth Festival Shooting, Search for Additional Suspects ContinuesSource: Williamson County jail

In a recent update from Round Rock, a 17-year-old has been arrested in connection to the tragic shooting at a Juneteenth festival at Old Settlers Park. According to KXAN, the incident, which took place last weekend, resulted in two fatalities and injuries to 14 others. The suspect, Ricky Thompson III, is facing an aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charge, and additional charges are anticipated.

The arrest was carried out early Thursday in Pflugerville by the Texas Fugitive Task Force, and the suspect is currently booked in the Williamson County jail, Chief Allen Banks revealed the information at a news conference, emphasizing the severity of the situation involving a minor, "We’ve got a 17-year-old that’s in custody right now for pulling out a gun at what should have been an absolutely amazing event," as per KXAN. However, the investigation remains active as authorities continue their search for other individuals linked to the shooting.

The deadly incident occurred amidst a celebratory atmosphere, marring what was meant to be a peaceful event. As reported by FOX 7 Austin, Thompson, identified as the individual in a white hoodie, was only one of several shooters. Moreover, Chief Banks assured the public that they are working diligently to achieve justice: "This case is still ongoing, We have a lot of work to do. We know Ricky Thompson was not the only shooter at this event. We are still looking for other suspects."

In the wake of the tragedy, the Texas Governor's Public Safety Office is offering a reward for information leading to the identification and arrest of those involved, a sum that rises to $20,000 when combined with contributions from Williamson County Crime Stoppers and ATF. "Please understand we have a lot of evidence and casework to do to make sure we are getting the justice for these families that they deserve," said Chief Banks. Tips can be submitted through various anonymous channels such as the Texas Crime Stoppers hotline or online.