Five Injured During Shooting at 600-Person Party at Public Park in Texas

Five people were shot and sustained injuries at a Texas park on Sunday evening where 600 people had gathered for a party, according to police.

Police were called out to the Village Creek Park in southeast Fort Worth at 6:59 p.m.

Two people were critically wounded and three had non life-threatening injuries, according to Fort Worth Officer Buddy Calzada said. The victims were all adults.

"Our officers were dispatched here at approximately 6.59pm, right here behind me at Village Creek Park," Calzada said in a statement posted on Facebook.

"At the time there were approximately 600 people in the park. At the center of the park is a basketball area, there were some fireworks that went off. After those fireworks went off, witnesses told me there were thirty rounds of gunfire."

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Police were called out to the Village Creek Park in southeast Fort Worth, Texas. Robert Alexander/Getty Images

Calzada added: "At this time we have five victims that were located inside this area here, where the crime scene is going through. Of these five victims I will tell you that all of them have been transported and three of them have non life-threatening injuries and two of them are critical. They are all at local hospitals around here.

"The details of this are extremely early, we have everybody out here investigating."

State and federal authorities are assisting in the investigation, Calzada said.

Homeland Security and the Special Response Team were also carrying out an investigation in the park to try to find evidence.

Update on shooting incident at 4225 Miller Ave. at Village Creek Park.

Another shooting was reported on Sunday evening at a convenience store less than a mile away from the park. Police said they were investigating whether the two incidents were related.

People had gathered in the park despite local and state government orders to minimize social gatherings and minimize in-person contact with people who are not in the same household to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. There have been more than 39,000 cases of coronavirus so far and 1,094 deaths so far in the state, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, who issued a stay-at-home order on March 30, said he would let that order expire on April 30 to allow the state to begin its first real phase of reopening.

"That executive order has done its job," Abbott said. "It's time to set a new course, a course that responsibly opens up business in Texas."

The first businesses allowed to reopen on May 1 include retail stores, shopping malls, restaurants, movie theaters, museums and libraries. The second phase could begin May 18, provided infection rates of COVID-19 continue to decline, Abbott said.

Newsweek has contacted the Fort Worth Police Department for comment.