Young Man Shoots Gun in Air to Celebrate at House Party But Startles Another Man to Shoot into Crowd

Posted: November 11, 2013 in Uncategorized
By JUAN A. LOZANO Associated Press                  HOUSTON (AP) – Celebratory gunshots fired at a girl’s 18th birthday party triggered more gunfire that left two people dead, two critically injured and nearly two-dozen injured in a chaotic scene where people jumped from second-floor windows to escape the shooting at a suburban Houston home, authorities said Sunday.

Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia said the gathering Saturday night was openly promoted using multiple social media sites, drew more than 100 people, most of them 17- to 19-year-olds, and became a “birthday party gone wild.”

He said it appears partygoers were dancing in the home when someone armed with a pistol shot into the air in celebration. In the ensuing confusion, another person who was armed began firing into the crowd, Garcia said. Young people then streamed into the narrow street to avoid the burst of gunshots that followed shortly before 11 p.m. Saturday.

Partygoer Shaniqua Brown – who said she heard about the party through Instagram, a photo-sharing app and website – told The Associated Press it “was not rowdy at all.” She said she first heard gunshots in the house and they continued outside as people fled and sought cover.

Authorities have given varying accounts of the number of people injured, but they clarified Sunday that 20 were hurt, with 16 suffering gunshot wounds and four others varying injuries such as a fracture and twisted ankles in the panic to flee.

The two people killed, one an 18-year-old male and the other a 16-year-old female, were students at Cypress Springs High School, Garcia said.

http://www.cbsatlanta.com/story/23927265/2-high-school-students-killed-in-party-shooting

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