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    Friday, July 19, 2024

    2 killed, 6 wounded in shooting at Juneteenth celebration

    Two innocent bystanders were killed and at least six people wounded in a shooting at a Juneteenth celebration Saturday night in Round Rock, Texas, police said.

    Police already at the scene responded to gunfire around 11 p.m. at the celebration at Old Settlers Park, about 15 miles north of downtown Austin.

    An argument had erupted between two groups, and at least one person pulled a gun and started shooting, police said.

    In addition to the two people killed, four adults and two children were wounded and transported to local hospitals, according to authorities. All their injuries were described as “potentially serious,” by the Austin-Travis County EMS.

    “It breaks your heart for a family that was coming out to enjoy their evening and now their life is forever changed as a result of somebody who could care less about somebody else’s life,” Round Rock Police Chief Allen Banks said.

    The victims have not been publicly identified but police said both people who died were unintended targets.

    No suspects have been arrested or identified, authorities said.

    Old Settlers Park has hosted a Juneteenth celebration, complete with a concert, for 18 years, according to the city. One of the performers at Saturday night’s party was rapper Paul Wall.

    “Round Rock, we are praying for everybody,” the rapper tweeted Saturday night.

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

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