An altercation at an unauthorized party led to gunfire that killed two people and wounded several others outside a nonprofit dance studio east of downtown Fort Worth, according to police and the club’s owner.
Officers found one victim dead outside Studio 74, and several people were transported to hospitals — one of whom died from his injuries, Fort Worth police spokesman Daniel Segura said in a statement.
The shooting occurred just after midnight, and Segura said homicide detectives were investigating Saturday morning at the studio, located in the 2400 block of East Lancaster near a police station and multiple businesses and restaurants.
Studio 74 website describes it at as a place that brings “dance programming to underserved communities and the general public to reach audiences and participants of all ages, abilities, ethnicities, and socio-economic backgrounds.”
On Facebook, Studio 74 posted a statement Saturday morning: “To all studio family, fans and supporters, first I would like to thank all of you for the calls, concerns and prayers that have been sent my way. I’m writing to respond to your concerns in regards to the incident that occurred in the parking lot of Studio 74. We as dance family had no involvement with the incident that occurred last night. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. Please continue to pray for them.”
Later on Saturday during an interview, Studio 74 owner Laura Reyna, said she does rent out the space for events but there was no contract for the group to be at the studio on Friday night.
“The saddest thing is that my kids that will walk in will be more crushed than anything,” an emotional Reyna said. “Because they built his place, local artists here have built this place ... for somebody to come in and take advantage on my kindness, it’s a really sad thing.”