The identities of the suspects and victims of the mass shooting that took place outside on Saturday were determined by law enforcement. passage The amphitheater in Washington state where an engaged couple died and two people who went to the concert were injured.
He was killed at the campsite adjacent to the Gorge during the beyond wonderland The music festival was Brandy Escamilla and Josilyn Summer Ruiz, both engaged to be married from Seattle. Lily Luksich and August Morningstar alias Andrew Cuadra, who reportedly attended the concert with the shooter, were wounded in the gunfire.
Accused in the fighting is James M. Kelly, 26, a regular duty soldier stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington. Kelly, who enlisted in the military in 2021, was shot by a Moses Lake police detective, ending the melee on Saturday night. After being discharged from the hospital on Tuesday, Kelly was arrested on two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of first-degree assault, and one first-degree assault on domestic violence charges.
As reported by KXLY in Spokane, Escamilla died from a gunshot wound to the head, and Ruiz succumbed to a gunshot wound to the torso, according to Grant County Coroner Craig Morrison. The couple was said to have been shot as they passed through the campground adjacent to the venue.
In addition to four people killed or injured, a fifth person – a security guard – was hit by a bullet, but the bullet deviated from his goggles, injuring the guard, but there was no serious injury.
At a press conference late Saturday night, local police said they had no knowledge of the cause of the shootings and none were later released.
Beyond Wonderland, an EDM festival, ran late after Saturday’s gunfire, and many concertgoers only became aware of the gunfights nearby when they received texts from their worried friends who learned of the mayhem from the news. The second music day, scheduled for Sunday, has been cancelled. One of the largest and most iconic amphitheaters in the country, the Gorge has a capacity of approximately 27,000 people, but no attendance figures have been announced for the festival.
On Tuesday, one of the injured, August Morningstar of Eugene, a father of two who had been shot in the shoulder, spoke to the Seattle television channel. KOMO. “I just ran into something I had nothing to do with. I turned around,” he said from his hospital bed in a Zoom interview. “He killed someone before he saw me and I think he thought I saw what happened. I think he wanted to get rid of witnesses.” Morningstar said the gunman was chasing him and he had to “swing around” between cars and tents before escaping the shooter, who was hiding behind a friend’s tent.
Morningstar said he heard five or six shots of gunfire, which he initially assumed were fireworks. “(I heard a voice say, ‘Don’t do this, don’t do this, you don’t have to do this.’ Two seconds later the shooter shows up.”
Joint Base Lewis-McChord Lieutenant Colonel Mike Burns told the media the suspect was a joint fire support specialist assigned to the 75th Ranger Regiment. “First, the US Army Special Operations Command extends its condolences to the victims and families of those affected by this act of violence,” Burns said in a statement. “The Command is aware of the allegations against Spc. James Kelly. We take all allegations seriously and are cooperating fully with the relevant authorities.”
GoFundMe accounts opened for funeral and other expenses for Ruiz’s families (Here), a registered nurse, and Escamilla (Here), she also holds a degree in nursing. Ruiz GoFundMe had raised more than $67,000 at the time of this writing, and the fundraiser for Escamilla’s family had surpassed $24,000. A GoFundMe has also been set up for Morningstar’s medical bills (Here), up to $26,000 as of this writing. “As of now, we don’t know if he’ll ever move on his shoulder again,” it reads for the fundraiser.