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Published on June 19, 2024
Heartbreak and Hunt Intensifies in Round Rock, $20K Reward Offered for Juneteenth Shooter Who Left Two Dead and 14 InjuredSource: Google Street View

The Round Rock community continues to reel from the shock of a gunfire outbreak during its annual Juneteenth celebration at Old Settlers Park, which tragically claimed the lives of two women and injured 14 others. The hunt for the shooter is actively underway, with Governor Greg Abbott announcing a reward increase, now totaling $20,000, for information that could lead to an arrest, as reported by Fox San Antonio. Citizens have been urged to come forward with any information by contacting the Texas Crime Stoppers hotline, and they have been assured that their tips can remain anonymous.

The incident on Saturday night, which police say occurred following a fight between two groups, led to the untimely demise of 33-year-old Lyndsey Vicknair and 54-year-old Ara Duke. In a heart-wrenching account provided by CBS Austin, Kevin Vicknair shared his last moments with his wife, attempting to quickly provide CPR but lamenting, "help just didn't arrive in time... they didn't arrive in time." Authorities are currently seeking a suspect described as a black man, approximately 5'7", aged between 19 to 20 years old. This description is based on the limited information released so far.

The Williamson County Crime Stoppers and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives are each adding $5,000 to the governor’s $10,000 reward. Tips that could potentially solve the case are crucial, and they can be submitted online through the Texas Department of Public Safety, as per the details provided by Fox San Antonio.

As investigations are ongoing, the families and communities affected by the loss have come forward to share their stories "These two women, these two remarkable people and members of our community both passed away tragically and needlessly," Pflugerville Councilman Rudy Metayer told CBS Austin. Former FBI Agent and mass shooting expert Katherine Schweit noted the importance of public participation in such cases, asserting "It's not reasonable to count on the fact that law enforcement is going to sus-out who the suspects are and figure out what occurred unless they have participation from the public."