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Family and friends console each other outside 7318 Enchanted Creek in Cypress, Texas, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, after two people were killed and at least 22 others were injured Saturday night when gunfire rang out at a large house party in a Houston suburb, sending partygoers fleeing in panic, authorities said. Authorities say they're seeking two gunmen. (AP Photo/Bob Levey)
Partygoers B.T. Tucker, left, Mariah Boulden, 18, center, and Lank, who wished to only be referred by his first name, talk to the media Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013 outside Mariah's home where two people were killed and at least 20 others injured late Saturday when gunfire erupted during her birthday party in the Cypress area in Houston. Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia said the gathering Saturday night that drew more than 100 people, most of them 17- to 19-year-olds, became a “birthday party gone wild.”  (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, J. Patric Schneider) Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia talks to the media Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013 outside a home where two people were killed and at least 20 othersinjured late Saturday when gunfire erupted during a house party in the Cypress area. The shooting broke out about 11:15 p.m. in the 7300 block of Enchanted Creek Drive, in Houston. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, J. Patric Schneider) An unidentified woman walks away from the home Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013 where two people were killed and at least 20 others injured late Saturday when gunfire erupted at a house party in the Cypress area, authorities said. The shooting broke out about 11:15 p.m. in the 7300 block of Enchanted Creek Drive, in Houston. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Eric Kayne) Tonya Grice uses hydrogen peroxide Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013 to clean blood from the walkway of her sister's house where two people were killed and at least 16 others wounded late Saturday when gunfire erupted at a house party in the Cypress area, authorities said. The shooting broke out about 11:15 p.m. in the 7300 block of Enchanted Creek Drive, in Houston.(AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Eric Kayne) Blood is splattered near the front entrance of a home Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013 where two people were killed and at least 20 others injured, late Saturday, when gunfire erupted at a house party in the Cypress area, authorities said. The shooting broke out about 11:15 p.m. in the 7300 block of Enchanted Creek Drive in Houston. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Eric Kayne) Blood is pooled Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013 down the street from where two people were killed and at least 20 others injured, late Saturday, when gunfire erupted at a house party in the Cypress area, authorities said. The shooting broke out about 11:15 p.m. in the 7300 block of Enchanted Creek Drive in Houston. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Eric Kayne) Firemen wash away a pool of blood Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, down the street from where two people were killed and at least 16 others injured late Saturday, when gunfire erupted at a house party in the Cypress area, authorities said. The shooting broke out about 11:15 p.m. in the 7300 block of Enchanted Creek Drive in Houston. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Eric Kayne) Bloody items that are left in the yard at 7318 Enchanted Creek in Cypress, Texas, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013 after gunfire rang out Saturday night at a house party there, killing two and injuring at least 22, authorities said. Authorities say they're seeking two gunmen. (AP Photo/Bob Levey) Family and friends pick up bloody items that were left in the yard at 7318 Enchanted Creek in Cypress, Texas, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, after two people were killed and at least 22 others were injured Saturday night when gunfire rang out at a large house party in a Houston suburb, sending partygoers fleeing in panic, authorities said. Authorities say they're seeking two gunmen. (AP Photo/Bob Levey) People gather at  a house at 7318 Enchanted Creek in Cypress, Texas, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013 after two people were killed and at least 22 injured Saturday night when gunfire rang out at a house party there. Authorities say they're seeking two gunmen. (AP Photo/Bob Levey) Party goers reportedly buckled  the garage door attempting to leave the property when gunfire erupted that  that killed two and injured at least 22, Satuday night, Nov. 9, 2013 at a house party at 7318 Enchanted Creek,in Cypress, Texas. Authorities say they're seeking two gunmen. (AP Photo/Bob Levey) Bloody footprints seen outside the house in the 7318 Enchanted Creek, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, after two people were killed and at least 22 others were injured Saturday night when gunfire rang out at a large house party in a Houston suburb, sending partygoers fleeing in panic, authorities said. Authorities say they're seeking two gunmen. (AP Photo/Bob Levey) Friends of the family help clean up blood on the sidewalk at 7318 Enchanted Creek in Cypress, Texas,Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, after two people were killed and at least 22 others were injured Saturday night when gunfire rang out at a large house party in a Houston suburb, sending partygoers fleeing in panic, authorities said. Authorities say they're seeking two gunmen. (AP Photo/Bob Levey) A distraught family member leaves the house at 7318 Enchanted Creek in Cypress, Texas,Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, after two people were killed and at least 22 others were injured when gunfire rang out at a large house party in a Houston suburb, sending partygoers fleeing in panic, authorities said. Authorities say they're seeking two gunmen. (AP Photo/Bob Levey)

Two killed, 16 wounded at Houston-area house party


HOUSTON — A house party in suburban Houston to celebrate a girl’s 18th birthday erupted into gunfire that killed two teens, wounded many others, and caused some partygoers to flee for their lives through second-story windows, authorities said Sunday.

Saturday’s party in Cypress, an unincorporated area about 25 miles northwest of Houston, was promoted openly on several social media sites and drew more than 100 people, most of them 17- to 19-year-olds, Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia said. The birthday girl’s mother attended the party at her home.

He said people were apparently dancing in the home at about 11 p.m. when someone fired a pistol in the air in celebration. In the ensuing confusion, someone else began firing into the crowd, causing people to stream into the narrow street, Garcia said.

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.

After giving varying reports of how many people were injured, authorities clarified Sunday that 20 people were hurt, including 16 who were wounded by gunfire — two critically — and four others who suffered injuries while trying to flee.

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

He said investigators were seeking two suspected gunmen — one of whom is believed to be about 17 years old and the other who is thought to be about 22.

Garcia chastised the party organizers, who advertised the event on social media, saying “you have no control on who to expect at your door.”

He said the organizers arranged to have people searched as they entered the home. “Anytime you have to factor in a bouncer and being searched at the door, you have already taken a turn for the worse,” he said.

“It’s a horrible combination of immaturity, access to a firearm, and the inability to control one’s self,” Garcia said.

Mariah Boulden, who said it was her birthday party, said the bouncer patted people down as they entered the home. Two men refused to be searched and walked away, but they apparently hopped a neighbor’s fence and entered through a back gate.

“They weren’t supposed to be here, whoever they were,” Boulden said.

Pools of blood were visible outside the two-story brick home Sunday, and the garage door was bent after people had pushed it upward while trying to escape.

Sheriff’s spokesman Thomas Gilliland said that when deputies first arrived at the home about 25 miles northwest of Houston, they were met by “mass chaos” and “kids were literally everywhere.” He said witnesses reported partygoers jumping from the second floor in their scramble to flee.

Bruno Figueroa, who lives a few houses away, told the AP he heard five to 10 shots. He looked out his window and saw at least 30 people running down his street.

“Kids were running everywhere,” he said.

Figueroa said people suddenly began ducking into backyards and behind vehicles in driveways, apparently trying to hide from a car that was slowly coming down the street. Figueroa said that from his upstairs window, he could hear the people who were hiding nearby.

“They were crying, yelling, ‘My brother got shot,’ ‘Why did they do this?’” he said.

Figueroa said as soon as the slow-moving car rounded a corner and sped away, the people who had been hiding gathered back in the street.



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