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Beyond Wonderland music festival cancels second day after shooting in nearby Washington park leaves 2 dead

Organizers of a Washington state music festival canceled the second day of the event after a shooting at a nearby campground left two people dead.

Beyond Wonderland at The Gorge announced the change on Sunday, praising authorities for their response to the shootings on Sunday night. The shooting occurred near George’s electronic music event, about 250 miles east of Seattle.

“We would like to express our sincere gratitude to the local authorities and officials for their swift action in managing the situation,” the agency said in a statement. I express my thoughts and condolences to the this tragic event. ”

Grant County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Kyle Foreman told reporters that officers “responded to reports of the shooting” around 8:30 p.m. Saturday. [a] At the campground next to the Gorge Amphitheater where the festival was being held.

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Two people were killed Saturday when a gunman opened fire at a campsite near a music festival being held at the Gorge Amphitheater in George, Washington, officials said. (Gary Miller/Getty Images)

“The shooter then left the scene of the incident,” he said, adding that the suspect “continued to fire randomly into the crowd” until law enforcement detained him.

The sheriff’s office confirmed that two victims were killed and three others, including the suspect, were injured. The names and status of the victims and suspects were not immediately available.

“Authorities have notified the families of all victims of last night’s shooting,” the Grant County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement Sunday. “The victim’s identity will be made public within days.”

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Kyle Foreman, Grant County Sheriff's Office

Authorities said the suspected shooter “randomly” fired into a crowd Saturday night at the Beyond Wonderland electronic music festival at the Gorge Amphitheater in George, Washington. (Grant County Sheriff’s Office)

Yasmine Alvarez, 30, was with her husband and a friend at a campsite near the amphitheater when a woman ran in and told them there was a shooter, Alvarez told The Seattle Times. told to

Alvarez’s group, along with a dozen other people, ran to the exit, hiding behind a building near the road. They saw the light of a helicopter while a festival was going on nearby.

“I felt uncomfortable because I could hear people having a good time on our left,” Alvarez said, according to the Associated Press.

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A full view of the atmosphere at the Gorge Amphitheater in George, Washington on June 11, 2023. Beyond Wonderland organizers canceled the second day of the music festival following Saturday’s shooting. (Gary Miller/Getty Images)

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The motive for the shooting remains unknown.

“We don’t know the motives or the shooter’s intentions,” Foreman said. “We’ll have to wait and see.”

Fox News’ Stephen Sorace and Associated Press contributed to this report.

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