At least two people were killed in a shooting at a Texas dance studio early Saturday after a group of partiers trespassed into the academy, officials said.
Fort Worth officers responded to reports of gunfire inside Studio 74, a non-profit dance studio, around 1:15 a.m., police spokesman Daniel Segura told the Daily News.
Laura Reyna, owner and artistic director of the studio, said a party was going on inside Studio 74 time — but she had no idea the group had gathered in the space until news of the shooting broke.
“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,” she told the Associated Press.
A Studio 74 employee, Jason Moore, was working inside when the shooting broke out. He said he was unaware the group was not authorized to use the facilities.
Moore used a towel to compress the chest of one of the victims, but the bleeding man died just outside of the studio’s front door.
“He got hit in the lungs, so there was no coming back for him,” Moore said.
Another victim died after being taken to a local hospital, police said. Several more people were injured in the attack.
Police have not identified the victims or detailed any possible suspect. The motive of the shooting is unclear.
No further information was immediately released. An investigation is ongoing.
The studio provides afterschool dance programs for children in kindergarten through 12th grade and caters to “participants of all ages, abilities, ethnicities, and socio-economic backgrounds,” according to its website.
The art academy’s current schedule includes classes in hip hop, ballet, jazz and other styles of dance.
“I’m very heartfelt for the family and victims,” Reyna said. “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.”
With News Wire Services