Tragic Shooting Mars Juneteenth Celebration in Round Rock

What should have been a joyous Juneteenth Celebration in Round Rock, Texas, descended into chaos on Saturday night with a shooting that claimed two lives and left 14 others injured, including children. Here’s what we know so far about this heartbreaking incident.

The shooting took place just before 11 p.m. during the Round Rock Juneteenth Festival at Old Settler’s Park. Reports suggest that a confrontation between two groups near the vendor area escalated into violence, with gunfire erupting amidst the chaos.

Authorities are currently on the hunt for the suspect, described as a black male in his late teens or early 20s, standing approximately 5 feet 7 inches tall with a slim build. He was last seen wearing a white hoodie and is considered armed and dangerous. The Department of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for any information leading to his arrest.

Following the shooting, those involved in the altercation fled the scene, complicating the ongoing investigation. Round Rock Police Chief Allen Banks commended the swift response of law enforcement and emergency personnel, who administered first aid to the wounded, potentially saving lives.

The victims, aged between 10 and 62, were innocent bystanders caught in the crossfire, according to Chief Banks. Their identities will be disclosed at a later stage.

Round Rock Mayor Craig Morgan extended heartfelt condolences to the victims and their families, stressing the community’s resolve to come together and heal in the wake of this tragedy. The FBI has joined the investigation, lending support to local authorities in their quest to apprehend those responsible for this senseless act of violence.

State representatives Caroline Harris and James Talarico echoed the sentiment, expressing solidarity with the affected families and advocating for measures to tackle gun violence and ensure the safety of communities across Texas.

As Round Rock grapples with the aftermath of this senseless act, the community stands united in its determination to rise above adversity and uphold the principles of safety, unity, and celebration.

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