May 12, 2020
On Sunday, May 10, 2020, things turned sour while around 600 people gathered at a park in Texas. A mass shooting occurred where several people were injured.
Over the weekend, the Village Creek Park was swarming with a gathering of an estimated 600 people who were there for a party. Fireworks went off at the park before around 30 rounds of gunfire followed, according to Public Information Officer Buddy Calzada.
He revealed that evening that at around 7 p.m. the Fort Worth Police responded to the scene. The officers who attended the scene found five people who were injured.
PRAY FOR THE VICTIMS
The victims of the mass shooting were taken to local hospitals for treatment and MedStar described them all as adults. Calzada shared that three people suffered non-life threatening injuries and two others were in critical condition.
The officer also stated: "The best thing we can do for them is obviously pray and ... get them some medical care right now.” The police department's gang unit is taking the lead in the investigation.
They will be assisted by state and federal partners. On Sunday evening, Homeland Security and the Special Response Team combed through the park looking for evidence.
Calzada informed reporters that there was no additional information regarding the victims or possible suspects at the time. The Texas Stay at Home order expired on May 1, 2020.
PEOPLE RUNNING EVERYWHERE
Parks in the city are currently open but people were still encouraged to practice social distancing amid the novel coronavirus pandemic. Adrian Gallardo, a witness who lives across the street from the park, shared how “people [were] running everywhere” after the shots were fired.
PARK ATTRACTS MANY PEOPLE
He said he heard 10 to 15 shots ringing out. Women sitting in a yard near the park said groups gathered there quite often.
POLICE ON THE SCENE
They recalled hearing what they thought were fireworks before realizing they were gunshots and taking cover inside. When they came back out, they saw a police officer chasing a man near the park.
AFRICAN-AMERICANS GATHER AT THE PARK
A resident who has lived on Edgewood near Wilbarger Street for 24 years, Raymond Brown, said most people at the party appeared to be 18 to 20 years old. Brown explained why they were there stating:
“This is one of the few parks in Fort Worth where African-Americans feel they can go and enjoy themselves.”
Anyone with information regarding the shooting can call the Fort Worth Police Department at 817-469-8477.
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