At least two dead and several injured in shooting at Juneteenth celebration in Texas park, officials say


At least two people were killed and several others injured in a shooting during a Juneteenth celebration in a park in Round Rock, Texas, on Saturday night, police said.

During the event at Old Settlers Park, an altercation broke out between two groups and “someone pulled out a gun and started shooting,” Round Rock Police Chief Allen Banks said at a news conference.

There was a large crowd at the event at the time and “several victims were struck,” the police chief said. Officers present at the event responded and began to render aid, Banks said.

According to the police chief, police had not arrested any suspects as of early Sunday morning and it was unclear how many people opened fire. “The investigation is ongoing,” Banks said.

Austin-Travis County Emergency Services previously said emergency responders had taken the six people, including two children, to local trauma centers, “all with potentially serious injuries.”

“It's heartbreaking for a family that came out to enjoy the evening and now their lives are changed forever because someone doesn't care one bit about someone else's life. It's so disappointing,” Banks said.

The Juneteenth Festival at Old Settlers Park on Saturday night featured musical performances from various artists, according to the Round Rock Parks and Recreation Department's Facebook page. Round Rock is about 20 miles north of Austin.

Banks said the park will be closed all morning on Father's Day.

This is a developing story and will be updated.