2 killed and 6 wounded in shooting during a Juneteenth celebration in a Texas park

Authorities in Texas say a shooting in a park left two people dead and six wounded

ROUND ROCK, Texas (AP) — A weekend shooting in a Texas park left two people dead and six wounded, including two children, authorities said.

The victims were shot shortly before 11 p.m. Saturday during a Juneteenth celebration at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock, about 19 miles (30 kilometers) north of Austin.

An altercation began between two groups during a concert at the event and someone started shooting, Round Rock Police Chief Allen Banks said during a news conference at the scene.

The two victims who were pronounced dead at the scene were not involved in the argument, Allen said.

The shooting occurred near a vendor area away from the stage set up for the concert, Allen said.

Police officers and fire department personnel present at the event immediately began providing emergency medical care to the wounded, who were then taken to hospitals, Allen said.

Six people — four adults and two children — were taken to local trauma facilities, all with potentially serious injuries, according to a post on X by Austin-Travis County EMS.

Police said Sunday they did not have a suspect in custody and investigators did not know how many shooters were involved.

“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,” Allen said.

Austin County EMS Division Chief Keith Noble exchanges information with a member of the Round Rock Fire Department after a fatal shooting during a Juneteenth celebration at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock, Texas, late Saturday, June 15, 2024. (Cross Harris/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

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Round Rock police officers coordinate after a fatal shooting during a Juneteenth celebration at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock, Texas, late Saturday, June 15, 2024. (Cross Harris/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

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Vehicles from the Round Rock Police Department and Round Rock Fire Department sit parked after a fatal shooting during a Juneteenth celebration at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock, Texas, late Saturday, June 15, 2024. (Cross Harris/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

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Captain Matt Clark, right, and Chief Deputy Medical Director Dr. Heidi Abraham, left, of Austin County EMS, discuss next steps after a fatal shooting during a Juneteenth celebration at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock, Texas, late Saturday, June 15, 2024. (Cross Harris/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

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A Round Rock Police Department vehicle blocks Harrell Parkway at Old Settlers Park after a fatal shooting the night before, Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Round Rock, Texas. Multiple people were shot late Saturday at the park during a Juneteenth celebration. (Aaron E. Martinez/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

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