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Houston Birthday Party Ends in Death for 2 Teens

By The Martinez Law Firm  Nov. 18, 2013 12:22p

A birthday party being held in a Houston suburb to celebrate a teenage girl's 18th year ended in two party-goers being killed by gunshot. The two dead are an 18 year-old boy and a 16 year-old girl who were students at Cypress Springs High School. All in all, 20 people were injured with 16 injuries caused by gunshots. Two of the injured were categorized as being in critical condition. Most of the approximately 100 partygoers were teenagers between the ages of 17 and 19. The shooters apparently should not have been there but may have gained entry through a back gate. Police are seeking the two gunmen, believed to be a 17 year-old and a 22 year-old who opened fire both inside and outside the house, sending everyone at the party into a panic as they fled.

The party was advertised on social media, for which the organizers were criticized by the Harris County Sheriff's Department. The Sheriff stated that such advertising allows anyone to show up at your door that you don't know and can't control. A bouncer was used at the door of the home where the party took place to check for weapons. The two men who may have been the shooters refused to be patted down but most likely jumped a neighbor's fence. A witness also said that a car moved slowly down the street after the shooting from which the partygoers ducked and hid implying that the shooters were in the car as they drove away.

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