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One dead, at least 16 injured after shooting at south Dallas concert where police were present

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Dallas police say a shooting on Sunday that left one man dead and 16 people injured happened at an event that was not permitted.

Dallas police continue their investigation into a shooting at the Epic Easter Bike Out and Field Party on Cleveland Road in far south Dallas.

Police say they responded just after midnight on Sunday after one person fired a gun into the air and another fired into the crowd.

Dallas Police Chief Eddie Garcia said 26-year-old Kealon Gilmore was killed, and 16 others were injured.

Garcia said the event’s promoters did not have a permit.

“We know that these events, some of them can lead to this type of violence, and there's a reason why permits are in place,” Garcia said. “There's a reason why there are some areas and some cities that have promoter ordinances. These are areas that we definitely look into as a city and a department.”

Garcia says seven off-duty Dallas police officers were approved by the department to work at the event. He says they left before the shooting occurred.

“They shouldn't be working events that were not permitted," Garcia said. “Certainly we're looking into it as a department to tighten that up as well.”


KERA reached out to one of the event's organizers, who declined to comment.

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Pablo Arauz Peña is the Growth and Infrastructure Reporter for KERA News.