According to the authorities, a shooter opened fire indiscriminately into a crowd at a campground in Washington state during a music festival on Saturday night, resulting in the death of two people and injuring three others. The suspect was also wounded during a confrontation with law enforcement, as reported by Kyle Foreman, the public information officer with the Grant County Sheriff’s Office.
The shooting incident was reported to authorities around 8:30 pm at a camping area near the Gorge Amphitheater, where an electronic dance music festival was being attended by thousands of people. According to Foreman, the Gorge is situated close to the small city of George, approximately 150 miles east of Seattle.After the first shots were fired, the suspect proceeded to randomly shoot into the crowd as he moved through the campground. Eventually, he was confronted by the police and apprehended.
Despite the public warning about an active shooter in the vicinity and the suggestion to take immediate action by running, hiding, or fighting, the festival organizers did not attempt to evacuate the area, as per Foreman’s statement. He added that the festival carried on with its events even after the shooting had occurred and went on until early Sunday morning. Foreman also noted that the gunman was situated on the edge of the property and the authorities kept a close watch on him, ensuring he stayed in that location and did not approach the venue.
The suspect sustained injuries and was taken to the hospital, but no additional information was disclosed at the time. According to Foreman, information regarding the victims would be released later. The Beyond Wonderland electronic music festival organizers announced the cancellation of Sunday’s Gorge events through social media.
The shooting location was referred to as an “overflow camping area” by the concert organizers, and it is probable that most individuals who were present at the time of the shooting were camped there, as stated by Foreman. An autonomous monitoring team known as the North Central Washington Special Investigation Unit is presently examining the shooting incident.