2 dead, several hurt after Fort Worth dance studio shooting
FORT WORTH - Texas authorities say two people are dead and at least five others were injured following a shooting outside a nonprofit dance studio in Fort Worth.
Fort Worth Police Spokesman Daniel Segura says in a statement Saturday that East Division officers responded to reports of a shooting at Studio 74's Fort Worth address. He says arriving officers discovered one victim dead outside the studio. Several others were shot and transported to hospitals.
Segura says one victim died at the hospital as a result of his injuries.
The owner of the studio says a group having a party on the property wasn't authorized to be there at the time of the shooting.
Laura Reyna is the owner and artistic director at Studio 74 in Fort Worth. She tells The Associated Press that there was no contract for the group to be at the studio at all on Friday night and that she considers it trespassing.
Jason Moore was working at the studio when gunfire erupted outside. Moore says he tried to resuscitate one of the victims, but he was shot in the lungs and died at the scene.
Reyna says Moore had thought incorrectly that the group was authorized to be there.
Police say an unknown number of people exchanged fire. The shooters had fled the scene by the time officers arrived shortly after midnight.
One person was shot as he was exiting the studio. The shooting continued among people outside of the studio and across the street.
Police are investigating whether gangs were involved. An investigation is ongoing.
Studio 74's website says the facility brings "dance programming to under served communities and the general public to reach audiences and participants of all ages, abilities, ethnicities, and socio-economic backgrounds."