UPDATED: Two people were killed and three were injured in the violence that broke out at a campsite on Saturday night. passage Amphitheater in Washington state. Filming took place while performances were going on at the venue as part of Beyond Wonderland, an EDM music festival. One suspect was taken into custody among the three injured people in the incident.
At a 11:30 p.m. press conference in the nearby town of George, a sheriff’s representative confirmed the two deaths, but did not release the names of those killed or injured pending an ongoing investigation. The spokesperson said that when law enforcement arrived on the scene, the suspect continued to “shoot randomly” before being caught. The nature of the shooter’s wounds and the status of the two survivors of the gunfire were not disclosed.
Earlier, the sheriff’s office tweeted that Saturday’s concert would continue uninterrupted. The campground is about a 20-30 minute walk from the amphitheater entrance.
Reports of a shooter arrived from the campsite around 8:25 PM, and officers “followed (and) approached the suspect,” according to the sheriff.
Before a suspect was declared in custody, the first tweet from the sheriff’s office reported an “active hitman” on the ground and urged everyone in the Gorge to take cover.
The festival’s Twitter account implicitly referred to the “incident” in its first tweet. An earlier tweet from the makers of the festival read, “Please avoid Gorge Gate H campground as it has been closed due to an incident handled by local authorities.” “There is currently no danger to festival goers or campgrounds.”
Fox3 News in Seattle reported “According to sources, the suspect targeted personnel,” but that was not discussed at the press conference.
Beyond Wonderland is a two-day EDM festival featuring dozens of artists. Most of the 27,000 people expected to attend each day stay at the campground, as there are several hotels less than 45 minutes away and the Gorge is about three hours’ drive from Seattle and Spokane, one of the two closest cities.
Last weekend, The Gorge made national news under happier circumstances as the site for “Joni Jam,” one of three Brandi Carlile concerts and featuring Joni Mitchell, which went on without incident.
At Gorge campground entrances, incoming cars and caravans are stopped and controlled by explosive-sniffing dogs, but concertgoers do not need to go through metal detectors until they leave the campsite and arrive at the venue.
Artists who will take part in Beyond Wonderland for two days include Marshmello, Afrojack, Dillion Francis, Joyryde, Subtronics, Hyperfunk, DJ Alex Bosi, Audien, Zomboy, Nitti, Pauline Herr, Remk, Timmy Trumpet and Slander. No word yet on whether the second day of the demonstrations will be affected.