Two killed in US birthday party shooting

Nov 11, 2013, 10:12 IST | IANS

At least two people, including a girl, were killed and 22 wounded late Saturday when gunfire erupted at a birthday party being organised at a home in the US state of Texas, authorities said Sunday.

The incident took place in a Houston suburb of Cypress, between 11.00 p.m. and midnight, when over 100 people, mostly young adults, were celebrating a birthday at a house, reported Xinhua citing the Harris County Sheriff's Office in a statement.

According to ABC news, upon arriving law enforcement officials described a chaotic scene rife with teenagers trying to escape the suburban residence, Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia said.

Over 100 people were inside the small, two-storey home when one suspect fired his gun "in apparent celebration".

"Let me describe the event last night as a birthday party gone wild," he said.

"[It was] just one of those inexplicable, crazy things when someone decides to pull a pistol and discharge it in the air, and someone else who thinks it's important to carry a pistol to a birthday party decides to pull theirs," Garcia said.

Two Cypress Springs High School students died -- one at the scene and another at a hospital, the official added.  

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