Fort Worth, TX – Eight people were shot outside a car wash and a child was run over by a car after a neighborhood block party in southeast Fort Worth on Sunday but nobody died thanks to the lifesaving actions quickly taken by specially-trained police at the scene.
The incident occurred just after 1:30 a.m. on July 4 near a car wash in the Como neighborhood near I-30 and Camp Bowie Boulevard, KDFW reported.
Hundreds of people attended the block party that ended at about 10 p.m. on July 3.
Police said the shooting began after several men had an argument while people were still hanging around hours after a block party had ended, KXAS reported.
Witnesses told police that one of the men left and returned with a gun.
Then he started shooting and multiple people fired back at him, KXAS reported.
Neighbor Lonnie Lambert said he was standing on his front porch listening to the fireworks when the sound changed, KDFW reported.
“But I kept hearing it and it was going rapid. Bop, bop, bop, bop, bop, bop, bop. So I was like, ‘No, that’s something more than fireworks,’” Lambert said.
Police said an officer who was on patrol in the 3400-block of Horne Street heard the gunshots.
When officers arrived on the scene, they found eight people who had been shot in the area of a car wash, KXAS reported.
The officers immediately began rendering lifesaving aid to the wounded while they waited for medics to arrive.
All eight victims were transported to area hospitals for treatment.
Police said the wounded individuals all appeared to have been innocent bystanders when the gunfire erupted nearby, KXAS reported.
There were all reported to be in stable condition on Monday.
Police said a female child was also injured when she was hit by a car that was trying to flee the area, KXAS reported.
She sustained minor injuries, according to police.
Officials have not yet released the identities of any of the victims, KXAS reported.
No one has been arrested in connection with the incident, according to police.
“This is an extremely tragic event that happened on what is supposed to be a festive occasion,” Fort Worth Police Chief Neil Noakes told reporters at a press conference on Sunday.
Chief Noakes said detectives were trying to figure out what kind of gathering was taking place when the gunfire erupted, and what may have led up to the shooting, KXAS reported.
He said officers found shell casings from multiple different guns at the scene, KDFW reported.
The police chief said he was frustrated and vowed his police force would track down whoever was responsible for the mayhem, KXAS reported.
“Frustration when you have people who are gathering to maybe celebrate what should be a festive occasion and it ends in something tragic like this,” Chief Noakes said. “We’re praying there will be no loss of life, we’re praying for the wellbeing of the victims and for comfort for them and their loved ones.”
The police chief was full of praise for the Fort Worth police officers who initially responded to the scene and provided lifesaving First Aid to the victims, KXAS reported.
He said that some lives may have been saved by the quick thinking and actions of those officers.
The Fort Worth Police Department has a tactical medical unit with officers cross-trained in emergency medical care, KXAS reported.
The specially-trained police officers are able to go into scenes that have not yet been secured for fire and EMS personnel and begin to render medical aid to the wounded.
Chief Noakes said officers from the tactical medical unit “played a critical role” in the department’s response to the shooting scene, KXAS reported.