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7 injured in shooting at Texas college homecoming party, officials report

Authorities near Houston are in search for the individuals responsible for a shooting at a college homecoming party that resulted in seven people being wounded. The incident occurred on Sunday at a Prairie View A&M University homecoming party located near the school’s campus, around 50 miles northwest of downtown Houston, as reported by the Waller County Sheriff’s Office.

At around 10 p.m., gunfire broke out at the “trail ride pasture party.” Upon arrival, detectives discovered that two men, two women, and a male minor had been shot, with each of them suffering gunshot wounds to their lower extremities. However, it was noted that their injuries appeared to be non life-threatening. The sheriff’s office stated that more than 1,000 individuals were at the party, and police were called to the scene after a dispute turned violent. Investigators are still working to identify how many people were involved in the shooting, but mentioned that the injured were not the intended targets.

The party was organized by a promotor not named by the authorities, and was held in open fields close to the university but was not following the previously approved security protocols at the time of the shooting. Video footage from local television news depicted the aftermath of the shooting, with ambulances and emergency helicopters responding to the scene. The party site was left littered with trash and empty, aside from a couple of abandoned vehicles.

Prairie View A&M is a historically Black college with over 9,000 students. Just a month earlier, a homecoming event at a historically Black college in Maryland was also disrupted by gunfire, resulting in the injury of five individuals and a lengthy lockdown. Law enforcement later apprehended a 17-year-old in the shooting at Baltimore’s Morgan State University and issued an arrest warrant for an 18-year-old, neither of whom were students at the school.

Emily Anderson

Emily Anderson is an accomplished journalist with a background in political reporting and a deep passion for storytelling. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Journalism from the University of California, Berkeley, where she honed her skills in investigative journalism and media ethics.
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