Ranger wounded, suspect dead in July 4 shooting in Yellowstone National Park

One person was killed and a Yellowstone National Park ranger was wounded in a shooting Thursday morning in Canyon Village, park officials said.

The episode started on Wednesday night and ended on the morning of July 4 A press release From Yellowstone National Park. Rangers responded to a threat from a gunman in Canyon Village, south of Tower Falls in the center of the park.

When forest officials contacted the man, they exchanged fire with the man. The person died. Their identities have not been released.

A Yellowstone law enforcement park ranger was injured. The ranger, whose name has not been released, is stable and receiving treatment at a hospital.

The FBI is leading the investigation with the help of special agents from the National Park Service. The area around the Canyon Lodge complex is closed as part of the investigation.

Park officials said there were no threats to the public and no additional information was available.

Todd Heskett told NBC News that he was staying at the Canyon Village Hotel with his wife and their two children, ages 14 and 22, when they heard gunshots coming from the Canyon restaurant around 8 a.m. local time.

He called 911 and the front desk and said there was an active shooter situation, and he was told to stay in his room.

The restaurant, visitor center and general store at Canyon Lodge were closed, Heskett said.

About an hour later, Heskett received an emergency alert on his phone, saying the situation had been handled and it was safe to leave.

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