Juneteenth Celebration Turns Deadly

A tragic incident unfolded at a Juneteenth festival in Texas on Saturday night, resulting in the death of two individuals and injuries to at least six others, including two children. The incident occurred during the Round Rock Juneteenth Celebration when a dispute between two groups escalated into violence around 10:50 p.m.

According to Round Rock Police Chief Allen Banks, an individual involved in the dispute brandished a firearm and opened fire, hitting multiple victims. Two bystanders, who were not involved in the initial altercation, were fatally wounded and pronounced dead at the scene.

Despite the swift response from law enforcement, the suspects managed to escape the scene before officers arrived. As of now, no suspect is in custody and a detailed description of the perpetrator has not been released.

The victims, comprising four adults and two children, were immediately transported to local hospitals with injuries described as “potentially serious” by the Austin-Travis County EMS.

In a statement, Chief Banks expressed gratitude towards the first responders for their prompt action, stating, “I have no doubt that their actions of rendering aid to the victims saved lives.” He also lamented the tragic turn of events at an otherwise joyous celebration, stating, “It is unfortunate that we are here celebrating a wonderful event and we have a tragedy that happens.”

The Juneteenth festival, a significant community event, was held at a 640-acre park outside of Austin. The event was organized by a local nonprofit and the city government, and included a free concert. The senseless act of violence has left a deep impact on the community, with Chief Banks expressing his disappointment and vowing to bring the culprits to justice.

Among the performers at the concert were DJ Hella Yella, whose real name is Leon O’Neal, and rapper Paul Wall. The shooting took place near the vendors’ area, away from the concert stage, shortly after Wall and his band performed. Both performers expressed their shock and offered prayers for the victims.