Shooting breaks out at Juneteenth celebration in Round Rock, TX, ending with two deaths and 14 others injured

ROUND ROCK, TX - On Saturday, June 15th, at approximately 10:50 p.m. a shooting broke out at a Juneteenth celebration at Old Settlers Park between two groups who were at the event. 

According to a Round Rock Police Department (RRPD) press release the people directly involved in a shooting that killed two and wounded 14 bystanders, immediately fled the scene. The two people who were killed were not part of the altercation. The 14 people who were taken to the hospital ranged in age from 10 to 52. 

During a news conference, RRPD Police Chief Allen Banks said that most of the victims had been released from the hospital as of Sunday evening, June 16th, and the rest were listed as in stable condition. Those individuals are expected to be released "within the next day or say," according to Banks.

Fox News reported that authorities with RRPD have released the suspect's description following the shooting. The suspect has been described as a black male with a thin build, approximately 5 feet 7 inches tall with short dreadlocks. He was wearing a white hoodie at the time of the incident. The suspect is said to be 19 or 20 -years-old and should be considered armed and dangerous. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the suspect's arrest.

Banks said that two groups began fighting with each other near the vendor area during the Round Rock Juneteenth Festival when the shooting began. Police and fire department personnel present at the event immediately began providing emergency medical care to those who were wounded in the shooting.

Banks said in a statement, "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. That's so disappointing. Our goal is to put those folks behind bars and our goal is to get them put away for life."

He said that police had an "operation plan" for the Juneteenth event because Old Settlers Park is an open park with no security point. Banks said that more than 22 law enforcement personnel were assigned to the event as well as members of the Round Rock Fire Department and EMS. Officers and volunteers were spread out throughout the park and some officers were overseeing the crowd from surveillance towers.

Banks added, "The bottom line is, regardless of the amount of security we had, we had somebody who decided to take matters in their own hands and kill two people and injure 14 other people senselessly. This isn't about the police. It's about those who are careless and could care less about somebody else's life."

Trista Moxley, a spokesperson for the FBI's San Antonio Division, confirmed that the FBI has been working with and "providing resources, support, and personnel" to RRPD, which is taking the lead with the investigation. Moxley said in a statement, "Our hearts go out to those affected by this senseless act of violence and loss of life last night. We will continue to help however we can as the law enforcement community works together to bring these subjects to justice."

Anyone with any information or who may have a video of the incident is encouraged to call police at 512-218-5500. 

For corrections or revisions, click here.
The opinions reflected in this article are not necessarily the opinions of LET
Sign in to comment



Shocker…..NOTTTTTTTT. Typical result with these gatherings. Just Facts.

Powered by LET CMS™ Comments

Get latest news delivered daily!

We will send you breaking news right to your inbox

© 2024 Law Enforcement Today, Privacy Policy