Early Saturday morning, two people were killed and at least four more were injured in a shooting that occurred outside a dance studio in Fort Worth, Texas.
According to the owner of Studio 74, Laura Reyna, the shooting occurred during a party involving a group that did not have permission to be there.
One victim was found dead at the studio, and another succumbed to his injuries while being transported to the hospital.
Speaking of the group of people, about 60 in number, Reyna told AP,
‘I would consider it trespassing just for the fact that as the owner and operator of this facility I did not know, nor was there an exchange of any formal contract for people to be inside there.’
Reyna learned about the incident when an instructor, Jason Moore, called her at 12:45 a.m. to report a “commotion” at the facility. Moore was working at the time of the shooting and used a towel to try to compress the chest of the victim who died outside of the studio. Describing the victim’s injuries, Moore said, “He got hit in the lungs, so there was no coming back for him.”
As Moore describes the incident, several members of the group were armed, and the shooting occurred around midnight. He was unaware that the group was not authorized to be at the studio, but when he thought he heard shots fired inside, he rushed people out through a side door.
Studio 74 is a nonprofit organization. According to its website, the facility “brings dance programming to underserved communities and the general public to reach audiences and participants of all ages, abilities, ethnicities, and socio-economic backgrounds.”
Speaking of those who were affected by the shooting, Reyna told AP,
‘I’m very heartfelt for the family and victims. This is a place, it’s a nonprofit organization. We deal in hip hop culture and we cater to our community. It’s a safe haven … we dance, we compete. We try to stay away from events like this that happen.’
To learn more about the shooting, watch the news report below, courtesy of WCBD NEWS 2 via YouTube.
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