Beyond Wonderland Shooter Was Stationed at Nearby U.S. Army Base

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Law enforcement officials stated on Tuesday (June 20) that the individual suspected of being the gunman who shot into the crowd at Beyond Wonderland was stationed at a U.S. Army base. His terrible actions killed two people and injured three others.

The suspect, James M. Kelly, 26, stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, was arrested on Tuesday and booked into the Grant County Jail. Kelly was shot by law enforcement officers on Saturday at the festival and received medical treatment until Tuesday.

The shooting took place at the camping section of the festival near the Gorge Amphitheatre. Brandy Escamilla, 29, and Josilyn Ruiz, 26, were the two victims of the shooting. They are both from Seattle. The couple was engaged, as confirmed by a fundraising campaign initiated by their family members.

Kelly serves as a joint fire support specialist assigned to the 75th Ranger Regiment, stationed at the military base three hours away from the festival venue. We never thought something like this would happen at a music festival where there is so much love in the air. Hopefully, it never occurs again.