Celebratory gunshots fired at a girl’s 18th-birthday party triggered more gunfire that left two people dead, two critically injured and nearly two dozen injured in a chaotic scene where people jumped from second-floor windows to escape the shooting at a suburban Houston home, authorities said Sunday.
Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia said the gathering Saturday night was openly promoted using multiple social media sites, drew more than 100 people, most of them 17- to 19-year-olds, and became a “birthday party gone wild.”
He said it appears that partygoers were dancing in the home when someone shot into the air in celebration. In the ensuing confusion, another person began firing into the crowd, Garcia said.
Authorities said Sunday that 20 people were hurt, with 16 suffering gunshot wounds.
The two people killed, an 18-year-old man and a 16-year-old girl, were students at Cypress Springs High School, Garcia said.
Authorities are searching for two gunmen, he said, one about 17 and the other believed to be about 22.
— Associated Press
The family of a Rutgers University student whose suicide sparked a national conversation about the treatment of young gay people paid their first visit Sunday to the bridge where he killed himself.
Members of Tyler Clementi’s family crossed the George Washington Bridge to New York City to help raise awareness about the dangers of bullying.
Clementi’s mother, Jane, and brother, James, linked arms and walked with Ronnie Kroell and Elliot Dal Pra London, co-founders of the Friend Movement, who had walked from Chicago to New Jersey in Tyler’s memory as part of a bullying awareness campaign. More than 50 others, wearing purple or sporting purple ribbons, joined them to cross the span that connects Fort Lee, N.J., to upper Manhattan.
The 18-year-old Rutgers freshman jumped to his death in 2010 after finding out his roommate had used a webcam to spy on him kissing a man in their dorm room.
— Associated Press