UPDATE 11:34 a.m. ET Saturday: Laura Reyna, owner and artistic director of the Studio 74, called the shooting an unauthorized event. She said she didn't even know the group of about 60 people was there until one of her instructors called her at 12:45 a.m. to report a commotion at the facility.
"I would consider it trespassing just for the fact that as the owner and operator of this facility I did not know, nor was there an exchange of any formal contract for people to be inside there," said Reyna, who has owned the facility for four years.
An employee of the facility, Jason Moore, was working at the time and said he used a towel to compress the chest of one of the victims, who later died right outside the front door of the studio.
"He got hit in the lungs, so there was no coming back for him," Moore said.
Moore said several members of the group were carrying guns and that he thought he heard shots fired inside as well. Reyna said Moore was unaware that the group wasn't supposed to be at the facility.
"I'm very heartfelt for the family and victims," Reyna said. "This is a place, it's a nonprofit organization. We deal in hip hop culture and we cater to our community. It's a safe haven ... we dance, we compete. We try to stay away from events like this that happen."
FORT WORTH, Texas (TheBlaze/AP) — Two people were killed and several others injured following a shooting at a nonprofit dance studio in Fort Worth, Texas, police said Saturday.
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.
It was unclear what time the shooting occurred. Segura said homicide detectives were investigating Saturday morning at the studio, which sits on a state highway near a police station and multiple businesses and restaurants.
Later Saturday morning, Studio 74 posted a message on its Facebook page, stating that the dance studio "had no involvement with the incident that occurred last night" and requesting prayers for those involved.
Studio 74's website says the facility brings "dance programming to underserved communities and the general public to reach audiences and participants of all ages, abilities, ethnicities and socio-economic backgrounds."