In a shocking incident, a shooter opens fire on a packed college party killing 2 people and injuring 16 others. Texas authorities don’t have any solid information about the shooter.
Greenville, Texas-area gathering attendees-an unsanctioned, off-campus celebration that took place during the homecoming weekend of Texas A&M Commerce-did not cooperate with authorities, said Hunt County, Sheriff Randy Meeks.
“It appalls me that, as many folks that were there, (they) have not been able to give us a better description of this shooter,” he told reporters during a news conference.
The shooting happened at about 12:05 a.m. at an event space called the Party Venue, a barnlike structure along a stretch of Highway 380 northeast of Dallas. About 750 teenagers gathered inside and around the venue, some of them in Halloween costumes.
When the shots fired, law enforcement was at the scene. A Hunt County sheriff’s office sergeant and the deputy arrived following complaints of cars illegally parked along the shoulder of the highway.
Gunfire started from the off-duty officer working the activity in the back of the building. Then came the pandemonium as hundreds of people attempted to escape.
“They were breaking the glass of the windows trying to get out the building,” Meeks said. “My deputies said there were four abreast trying to get out the front door.”
Shooter Opens Fire And Flead from the Spot
The gunman assumed to be a lone man, was able to flee in the chaos
On the crime scene, 2 unknown people found dead. Meeks praised law enforcement with possibly saving the lives of other shooting victims, stating that one deputy loaded a man in his patrol vehicle with life-threatening injuries and took him to a hospital while another sought other victims. Out of 16 injured, 12 suffered gunshot wounds.
The investigation was kind of confused by the revelers wearing the Halloween costumes. Initially, authorities revealed using a rifle in the shooting, only to later say the weapon was a handgun. It turned out that the sniper rounds found on the floor were fake-potentially part of the get-up of someone.
Also, Meeks said investigators have speculated that a particular person, one of the two men killed, may have been targeted by the shooter. But the investigation, which the Texas Rangers and the FBI are assisting, is still in its early stages and has been held back by witnesses ‘ reluctance.
The sheriff encouraged people with information about the gunman to come forward.
“We need to get him off the street as soon as possible,” he said. “And we have very, very little to go on right now.”