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Texas concert shooting leaves 1 dead, 11 injured


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Gunfire erupted at a rap concert in Dallas, Texas on Sunday, killing one and injuring at least 11 others.

Dallas police responded around 12:13 p.m. to a call of shots being fired at an event billed as a hike and concert located at 5050 Cleveland Road. Officers located Kealon Dejuane Gilmore, 26, lying near the scene with a gunshot wound to the head, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said another 11 people were transported by private vehicles or ambulances to different hospitals. One of the victims was in critical condition, while the other victims were in stable condition as of 11:50 a.m. Sunday morning when police provided their latest update.

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“A preliminary investigation determined that during the event, an individual fired a weapon into the air and then another unknown fired a weapon in the direction of the crowd,” the Dallas Police Department said.

In its initial update, the police department said at least three of the shooting victims were minors.

The investigation into the possible motive and circumstances of the shooting is ongoing, police said. Anyone with information is asked to contact Homicide Unit Det. Christopher Anderson at 214-671-3616 or c.anderson@dallascityhall.com and refer to case number, 057740-2022.

No arrests were immediately announced in connection with the shooting.

“Last night’s violence was horrific and unacceptable. I pray for the victims and look forward to our police department bringing those responsible to justice,” Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson said in a statement to the City. WFAA. “Public safety remains our top priority, and I will speak with Police Chief Eddie Garcia to see what more can be done to stop this type of violence in our city.”

Witnesses described to Fox 4 how the sound of gunfire caused panic and large crowds of people fled the rural terrain. At the time of the shooting, Dallas Fire-Rescue already had an engine company on the scene responding to a separate incident, and firefighters were forced to use ATVs to move victims as traffic blocked access to the fire. ambulance at the scene, police said. the exit.

The concert was to be headlined by Memphis-based rapper Big Boogie, but the WFAA reported that, according to a post on his Instagram account, the shooting took place before he arrived.

Flyers for the event stated that gates opened to the rural terrain at noon, horses and ATVs were welcome, and children under 10 were admitted free. The WFAA reported fliers claiming Dallas police officers would be at the concert alongside 60 security personnel, but the department is reviewing whether those claims are accurate as off-duty cops must be cleared to work safely. .

After the shooting, the event organizer released a statement on behalf of Epic Easter officials reiterating that they had taken safety precautions by having Dallas police and security personnel on site.

“Our goal was to put on a positive event for and by our people. We have taken the necessary steps to ensure safety by having Dallas Police officers and security personnel on site. In addition, emergency officers and vehicles were on standby,” the statement shared on Instagram said. Sunday reading. “However, some things were still beyond our control. Our team did not expect such a capacity, but we really appreciate the support of everyone who came and those who traveled to attend. Our prayers and our Deepest condolences go out to the individuals and families affected.”

The leaflets also advertised precautions being taken “due to the rise in senseless violence” including screening guests using metal detectors and said the promoters would “not be responsible for any accidents or thefts”.

The incident in Texas came hours before the country witnessed a separate mass shooting in Sacramento, Calif., early Sunday, prompting a response from the White House and President Biden calling on the Congress to act on gun control, including passing its budget proposal to “give cities more of the funding they need to fund police and fund crime prevention and response.”

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Six people were shot and killed and another dozen were injured when multiple gunmen opened fire in downtown Sacramento as people exited bars and restaurants around 2 a.m. Sunday.

Sunday’s concert incident was the second mass shooting seen in Dallas in recent weeks. The WFAA reported that 10 people were injured on March 19 when a shooting erupted during a spring break party at The Space venue and one of the victims, an 18-year-old man, later died from complications. his injuries. No suspects have been identified in that shooting, according to the outlet.

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