Two dead after Juneteenth festival shooting in Round Rock, Texas

"It is unfortunate that we were here celebrating a wonderful event and we have a tragedy that happens."

Katie Daviscourt Seattle WA
Multiple bystanders were shot during an altercation at a Juneteenth celebration in Texas on Saturday. Two people died and four victims were transported to local hospitals. Victims included four adults and two children, police said.

The incident occurred around 10:50 pm near the vendor section at the Juneteenth festival at Old Settlers Park, located at 1371 Harrell Parkways in Round Rock. The victims were not part of the altercation, according to Round Rock Police Chief Allen Banks.

During a press briefing on Sunday, Chief Banks told reporters that the suspects fled the scene and have not yet been located. He asked the public for help in identifying them.

"It is unfortunate that we were here celebrating a wonderful event and we have a tragedy that happens," said Banks. "My thoughts and my prayers go out to the victims. My condolences go out to the families of the deceased."

The condition of the victims who were transported to area hospitals is currently unknown.

Round Rock Mayor Craig Morgan released a statement on the matter and wrote: "I know Round Rock residents are devastated as they woke up to the terrible news of last night's tragic events. To the families who are mourning the loss of loved ones, please know that our entire community mourns with you. To those who were injured, we are here to support you in your recovery."

"We are a community that values safety, celebration, and unity, and we are committed to ensuring that our community heals through this event together. We will not let this incident define us, nor will we let fear take hold," he added.

Police requested that if anyone has video footage or information about this incident to notify the Round Rock Police Department at (512) 218-5500.
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