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Dramatic footage has captured the chaotic moment that gunfire erupted at Fort Worth’s ComoFest on the eve of July 4, leaving three victims dead.
The video shows terrified revellers fleeing as shots are fired into the crowd.
Police in Fort Worth, Texas, said that no suspects have been identified but that “several unknown males were reported to have started firing into the crowd indiscriminately and then fled the scene”.
Two of the three victims killed were identified on Tuesday as Cynthia Santos, 22, and Paul Willis, 18.
The incident marked just one of four shootings that left at least 17 people shot – three of them fatally – in Fort Worth, Texas, on the night of July 3.
The other three shoootings took place at a home, an AMC movie theatre, and in a car.
Following a wave of shootings this week, President Joe Biden renewed his calls for Congress to act and “come to the table on meaningful, common sense reform” on gun control.
America’s gun violence in numbers
So far in 2023, 340 mass shootings have taken place across America, according to the Gun Violence Archive.
This means this year is on track to record 679 mass shootings – the highest number since 2014.
This would also be a 61 percent increase from the 417 recorded in 2019, the year before Covid-19 ravaged the nation.
Graig Graziosi5 July 2023 13:00
Fort Worth Mayor Mattie Parker says she is ‘devastated’ by mass shooting
“I am devastated by the news of a mass shooting in Fort Worth last night,” she tweeted.
“My heart breaks for the victims, their loved ones, and the entire Como community that works to build positivity and celebration in their community and our city.”
Rachel Sharp5 July 2023 11:50
No suspects identified
Police said on Tuesday that no suspects have been identified over the shooting that left three dead and several more injured in Fort Worth, Texas, on the eve of July 4.
However, the investigation so far indicates that there were several male shooters firing into the crowd.
“Several unknown males were reported to have started firing into the crowd indiscriminately and then fled the scene,” Fort Worth police said in an update on Tuesday.
None of the victims injured are regarded as suspects in the shooting, police said.
Rachel Sharp5 July 2023 11:20
ICYMI: President Biden releases statement on July 4 gun violence
“Over the last few days, our nation has once again endured a wave of tragic and senseless shootings in communities across America — from Philadelphia to Fort Worth, Baltimore to Lansing, Wichita to Chicago. Today, Jill and I grieve for those who have lost their lives and, as our nation celebrates Independence Day, we pray for the day when our communities will be free from gun violence. “Today also marks one year since a shooter armed with an AR-15-style weapon fired upon a crowd of Americans gathered for an Independence Day parade in Highland Park, Illinois. In mere moments, this day of patriotic pride became a scene of pain and tragedy. “In the year since, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker, Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering, legislative leaders, and numerous advocates, and gun violence survivors have fought tirelessly to turn the pain of Highland Park and other acts of gun violence into meaningful action on behalf of all Illinoisans. This past January, they succeeded in banning assault weapons – like the one used in Highland Park – as well as high-capacity magazines across Illinois. “Their achievement will save lives. But it will not erase their grief. It will not bring back the seven Americans killed in Highland Park or heal the injuries and trauma that scores of others will continue to carry. And as we have seen over the last few days, much more must be done in Illinois and across America to address the epidemic of gun violence that is tearing our communities apart. “It is within our power to once again ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, to require safe storage of guns, to end gun manufacturers’ immunity from liability, and to enact universal background checks. I urge other states to follow Illinois’ lead, and continue to call upon Republican lawmakers in Congress to come to the table on meaningful, commonsense reforms that the American people support.”
Graig Graziosi5 July 2023 11:00
Dramatic footage captures chaos as gunfire erupted at Fort Worth’s ComoFest
Rachel Sharp5 July 2023 10:20
Ilhan Omar calls for action to tackle ‘national crisis’ of mass shootings
“There have been at least *six* mass shootings in the past three days. Enough. This is a national crisis. For the sake of our kids and our society we need comprehensive gun safety legislation,” tweeted Ilhan Omar.
Graig Graziosi5 July 2023 10:00
Four shootings in Fort Worth on eve of July 4
On the eve of July 4 holiday, a total of 17 people were shot in four separate shootings across Fort Worth.
Just over an hour before the mass shooting at ComoFest, Fort Worth Police were called to a separate incident where three men were shot.
It was just after 10pm on Monday night and police said a fight broke out between a group of people at a home in the 2100 block of Christine Avenue in the Polytechnic Heights area.
At least two people opened fire, striking three people.
Officers responded to the scene to find three men suffering from gunshot wounds – one in the head, one in the back and one in the leg.
All three were taken to hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.
Fort Worth police also responded to a third shooting – this time to the 4000 block of Knox Street where a man and woman had been shot.
The woman was shot in the ankle and the man suffered an injury to the hand – from either a bullet or flying glass – while they were riding in a car, police said.
A suspect was taken into custody with the gang unit now investigating the incident.
Meanwhile, in a fourth incident, a man was shot at the AMC theatre on Hulen Boulevard just after 1.30am on Tuesday.
The shooting again began as a fight between a group of people, prompting gunfire to erupt. The victim’s condition is currently unknown.
Graig Graziosi5 July 2023 09:00
Biden renews call for assault weapons ban after ‘tragic and senseless’ spate of July 4 shootings
President Joe Biden has issued a fresh appeal for a ban on assault weapons after dozens of people were killed or wounded in mass shootings in the lead-up to Independence Day celebrations.
Five people were shot dead and two boys, aged two and 13, were injured when a gunman armed with an AR-15-style assault rifle and wearing a bulletproof vest opened fire in Philadelphia’s Kingsessing neighbourhood at around 8.30pm on Monday night, according to authorities.
Hours later, three died and 14 were injured in four separate shootings in Fort Worth, Texas.
Mr Biden said he and First Lady Jill Biden were also grieving “tragic and senseless shootings” that had occurred in recent days in Baltimore, Lansing, Chicago and Wichita in a July 4 statement.
Graig Graziosi5 July 2023 08:00
IN PICTURES: Fort Worth mass shooting
Graig Graziosi5 July 2023 07:00
Ted Cruz ignores Texas mass shooting and posts July 4 message
Texas Senator Ted Cruz ignored the latest mass shooting in his home state as he posted a July 4 message celebrating “the freedoms we are so blessed to share”.
Graig Graziosi5 July 2023 06:00