Mass Shooting Near Music Festival Kills 2, Injures 3

At a campground near the Gorge Amphitheater in Washington State, where the Beyond Wonderland electronic dance music festival was taking place, two people were killed and three more were injured following a mass shooting on Saturday night.

At 8:23 p.m. local time, law enforcement responded to reports of shots fired into the crowd. According to Kyle Foreman, a public information officer with the Grant County Sheriff’s Office, the suspect was “randomly shooting into the crowd” and eventually taken into custody. Foreman did not provide any information about the victims or the type of weapon used.

Despite the incident, the concert in the city of Gorge, located 149 miles east of Seattle, was still going ahead as planned. A tweet from the festival organizers advised attendees to steer clear of a specific gate to the campground, but stated that there was no danger.

According to Gun Violence archive, a nonprofit organization dedicated to tracking incidents, there have been 307 mass shootings in the U.S. in 2023 so far. The organization defines a mass shooting as an event in which at least four people, other than the shooter, are shot. Motives and intentions of the shooter in this incident remain unknown.