Two teenagers dead and three injured in July 4 shootout in US park


One of the two victims was 19-year-old Dexter Wright Jr (Pictures: Sharilyn Neidhardt/WLWT)

Two young men died after exchanging gunfire in a US park packed with hundreds of teenagers celebrating Independence Day.

Three more people were injured in the shooting, including a 17-year-old girl who was hit in the back and left in a critical condition.

Police said Milo Watson, 16, died at the scene, and Dexter Wright Jr, 19, died later in hospital.

The violence happened at Smale Park in central Cincinnati shortly before 11pm on Sunday.

Cincinnati Police chief Eliot Isaac said the pair had a dispute that preceded the shooting.

Eyewitness Amber Gray told WXIX-TV she was in the park with her son when the gunfire erupted.

She said: ‘We heard screaming… we heard more shots, and we saw everyone running and screaming.’

Ms Gray said she grabbed her son and ran to her car to get away.


Two teenagers are dead, and three bystanders were wounded in a late-night July 4 shooting in Cincinnati's Smale Riverfront Park in the US.

Two teenagers are dead and three bystanders were injured in a late-night shooting on July 4 (Picture: WLWT)


Two teenagers are dead, and three bystanders were wounded in a late-night July 4 shooting in Cincinnati's Smale Riverfront Park in the US.

Police cordons were set up around the popular riverfront park in Cincinnati (Picture: WLWT)

There were about 400 to 500 teenagers in the park at the time, lieutenant colonel Lisa Davis said.

It occurred just before closing time as officers were working to clear the riverfront park.

It’s possible others were involved, but officers said they are not searching for any other suspects.

But they are seeking information from anyone who witnessed the shooting or has video of what happened.


Two teenagers are dead, and three bystanders were wounded in a late-night July 4 shooting in Cincinnati's Smale Riverfront Park in the US.

Dexter Wright Jr was one of two people killed in the Smale Park shooting (Picture: Sharilyn Neidhardt)

Two other teenagers were left with gunshot wounds to their arms, according to police.

The shooting came as millions of Americans marked their nation’s 245th birthday.

Two of the biggest firework shows in the country blasted off over the National Mall in Washington, and over a mile stretch of New York City’s East River.

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