3 Killed in Fort Worth Shooting at July 4 Celebration


Three people were killed and eight others were injured on Monday night in a shooting in Fort Worth where a crowd had gathered for a Fourth of July celebration, the police said.

The shooting took place just before midnight in the Como neighborhood, southwest of downtown Fort Worth, which has an annual celebration on July 3.

The Fort Worth Police Department’s homicide unit is investigating, Officer Daniel Segura, a spokesman, said in an email. No one has been arrested, and the police are asking people to call with any tips, he added.

“Fireworks were being shot off, lots of people just trying to flee the area from the multiple gunshots, so it was difficult for them to navigate quickly into the area,” Capt. Shawn Murray of the Fort Worth Police Department said at a news conference shortly after the shooting.

He said it was too soon to say whether the shooting was gang-related or related to a domestic dispute. “At this point, we just know somebody shot multiple times, and a bunch of people were injured in reference to that,” Captain Murray said. “Hopefully it’s just a single shooter.”

Just hours before the shooting in Fort Worth, a gunman wearing a bulletproof vest opened fire in Philadelphia, killing five men between the ages of 20 and 59 and injuring two others, ages 2 and 13. A man was taken into custody by the police.

On Sunday, at least two people died and 28 others were wounded in a shooting at a block party in the Brooklyn neighborhood in southern Baltimore.

The Fort Worth shooting came a year after seven people were killed and dozens were injured in a shooting at a Fourth of July parade in Highland Park, Ill., a suburb 25 miles north of Chicago. Some Americans have said they were nervous about attending big public events this year for the Fourth, such as parades and firework shows, given the number of mass shootings around the country in recent years.


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