A gun-related incident unfolded in Muncie, Indiana, early Sunday morning as a large street party turned into a scene of chaos and violence. According to the police, a “mass shooting” occurred, leaving one person dead and numerous others injured. The authorities swiftly responded to reports of gunfire, and while there is no active threat to the community, the investigation is ongoing.
Muncie police were alerted to multiple reports of gunfire on the city’s east side shortly after 1 a.m. on Sunday, as revelers were enjoying a street party. The exact number of injured individuals remains undisclosed, but the Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital confirmed that 19 victims were treated in their emergency department. Thirteen of them are currently in stable condition, while others with critical injuries were transferred to different medical facilities. Tragically, one person, identified as 30-year-old Joseph E. Bonner III, lost their life in the shooting.
The police department also acknowledged the need for assistance due to the number of victims and the severity of the incident. Consequently, several agencies, including officers from the nearby town of Eaton, provided support during the investigation.
Witnesses at the hospital described scenes of chaos and panic, with over 100 people rushing to the emergency department, many of whom were victims brought in by private vehicles. The Delaware County Coroner, Gavin Greene, confirmed the identity of the deceased victim. Meanwhile, the Muncie Homecoming Festival committee clarified that the street party where the shooting occurred was not part of the official MHF celebration taking place this week.
The investigation is ongoing, and further details about the motive behind the shooting and any potential suspects have not been released.