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Third suspect arrested in connection with mass shooting at Juneteenth celebration in Texas that left two people dead and 14 injured



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A third suspect has been arrested in connection with a mass shooting at a Juneteenth celebration in Round Rock, Texas, that left two people dead and 14 others injured, police said.

Keshawn Dixon, 18, was arrested Saturday in Killeen, Texas, and taken to the Bell County Jail, according to a statement from Round Rock police.

Police say Dixon is charged with deadly conduct, a third-degree felony. Additional charges are possible, police said.

“The investigation is ongoing and Round Rock Police continue to pursue leads on additional suspects,” police said.

The fatal shooting occurred on June 15 in Old Settlers Park during the Juneteenth Festival in Round Rock.

On the evening of the celebration, which also included musical performances, an altercation broke out between two groups and “several individuals” pulled out weapons and shot at each other, Round Rock Police Chief Allen Banks said at the time. A large crowd was at the event at the time and “several victims were hit,” the police chief said at an earlier news conference.

Lyndsey Vicknair, a 33-year-old from Manor, and Ara Duke, a 54-year-old from Pflugerville, were killed, police said. Neither was involved in the altercation.

“Our hearts are heavy as we mourn the tragic loss of innocent life and the injuries sustained by several others in Saturday's senseless act of violence. Our deepest condolences go out to the families affected by this tragedy,” Banks said after the shooting.

A few days after the shooting, 17-year-old Ricky Thompson III became the first suspect arrested in connection with the incident. He was taken into custody on suspicion of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, according to police. A juvenile suspect, whose identity has not yet been released, was also later arrested and taken to the Williamson County Juvenile Detention Center.

“We are committed to the safety and well-being of our community and will work tirelessly to bring those responsible to justice. Together, we will stand strong for our community and support one another during this difficult time,” Banks said.

According to the Gun Violence Archive, the holiday shooting is one of 277 mass shootings in the U.S. so far this year. Like CNN, the Gun Violence Archive defines a mass shooting as one in which four or more people are shot, not including the shooter.

“It's heartbreaking for a family that came out to enjoy the evening and now their lives are changed forever because someone doesn't care one bit about someone else's life. It's so disappointing,” Banks said.

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