A mass shooting that occurred at a Washington state campground area close to the Gorge Amphitheater which was hosting the Beyond Wonderland Music Festival killed two people and injured three others.
Reports said that the shooter started firing “randomly” into a crowd at a Washington state campground that was hosting people attending a nearby music festival on Saturday night.
According to Kyle Foreman, public information officer with the Grant County Sheriff’s Office, the suspect was among those injured after he was shot by the police.
The police said they got wind of the shooting at about 8:30 p.m. at the camping area a few hundred yards from the Gorge Amphitheater, where thousands of people were attending an electronic dance music festival. The Gorge is near the small city of George, about 150 miles east of Seattle.
The Gorge Amphitheatre was hosting a two-day music festival called Beyond Wonderland, and the campgrounds were located several hundred yards from the venue.
Foreman detailed that the gunman continued walking through the campground and “continued to shoot randomly into the crowd” until he was eventually confronted by police and arrested.
Beyond Wonderland Music Festival continued after the mass shooting and ended early Sunday morning.
“Please avoid the Gorge Gate H campgrounds area as it is closed due to an incident that has been handled by local authorities”, the event organizers said in a tweet after the shooting. “There is no current danger to festival-goers or the campgrounds”.
However, Sunday’s events were canceled.
“Due to the incident that took place in the overflow camping area last night, we regret to inform you that Day 2 of Beyond Wonderland at the Gorge has been canceled,” Beyond Wonderland said.
“We would like to express our sincere appreciation to the local authorities and staff who acted quickly to manage the situation. Our heartfelt thoughts and condolences go out to the family, friends, and all those affected by this tragic event.”
The gunman was hospitalized for his injuries, and no further details have been released as the North Central Washington Special Investigation Unit continues with its investigation. Details on the victims would also be released later, as Foreman said.