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Deadly Shootings Haunt Texas Halloween Parties

Separate shootings at Halloween house parties in Houston left two people dead early Sunday morning.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, an 18-year-old woman was killed shortly before 1 a.m. in north Houston. Three minors were wounded in the shooting, which broke out behind the house and in the street, apparently from a fight, Houston police said.

The three wounded victims were brought to the hospital in private vehicles, Assistant Police Chief Yasar Bashir told reporters. One of them was a 16-year-old boy in stable condition. KRIV identified the wounded victims as 16- and 17-year-old girls and the 16-year-old boy.

According to KHOU, police had identified one possible suspect, but no charges have been filed and no one has been arrested. Police also said they found a gun near the scene but believe more than one gun was used.

The other death took place about 15 minutes earlier. According to KRIV, Houston police heard gunshots while conducting a traffic stop in southeast Houston. When they arrived on the scene, they found a man suffering from a gunshot wound; he was pronounced dead on the scene.

Preliminary information indicated the man was attending the party and was standing outside the house.

“There was an individual who was standing outside the house party, trying to get people to stop congregating in front of the house. A disagreement ensued,” Houston Police Commander Donna Crawford said.

Both men drew guns, Crawford said, but police haven’t determined who fired first. The suspect fled the scene, and Crawford said investigators weren’t sure if he was attending the party.

KTRK reported that a 20-year-old man was killed in a Halloween party shooting in Texarkana, in northeast Texas. At least nine people were wounded in the shooting that broke out a party attended about about 200 guests. ABC News reported that a suspect in that shooting, identified as 21-year-old Keuntae McElroy — surrendered later on Sunday. He’s been charged with aggravated assault, and police said more charges will follow.

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