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Published on June 16, 2024
Tragedy Strikes Juneteenth Celebration in Round Rock, Two Dead, Multiple Injured in Festival ShootingSource: Unsplash / Michael Fortsch

A Juneteenth celebration in Round Rock, Texas, was marred by violence on Saturday night as two people were killed and multiple others were injured in a shooting. The incident occurred around 10:50 p.m. at Old Settlers Park, according to KVUE. The Round Rock Police Department reports that the altercation began when two groups started fighting near the vendor area at the Juneteenth Festival. During the melee, one or more individuals produced a firearm and shots rang out.

As the suspects remain at large, local law enforcement is calling on the community for help. "The unfortunate part is that we had innocent victims as a result of this reckless action of certain subjects," Round Rock Police Chief Allen Banks said in a media briefing obtained by KXAN. He lamented the tragedy occurring on a day meant to celebrate community. Chief Banks confirmed that several victims were not involved in the initial altercation, and statements from police suggest the individuals injured, which included four adults and two kids, sustained potentially serious injuries and were transported to local hospitals for treatment.

Round Rock Police along with the Round Rock Fire Department, who were already present at the event, responded immediately to the crisis. First responders administered first aid, including CPR and applying tourniquets. Police have yet to release identities of the deceased or a detailed description of the suspect or suspects, citing the variety of descriptions and accounts from the scene, as noted by KVUE.

The park where the festival was held has been closed off on Sunday morning following the incident. Authorities are urging anyone who might have information or video of the incident to reach out to the Round Rock Police Department at (512) 218-5500. In the meantime, Chief Banks offered his condolences to the families of those killed, saying, "My thoughts and my prayers go out to the victims," during his statement to KXAN.