HOUSTON – One teenager was wounded after a shooting at a high school student’s 17th birthday party Saturday night in northeast Houston, deputies said.
“It was a little party, a little party going on,” said partygoer Kermit Valdez.
But neighbors say this was no little party. Sunday morning party streamers were still on the mailbox, beer cans were littered on the floor and bullet holes were in the walls of the home.
According to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, it happened around 11 p.m. near Illene Drive and Gaston Drive.
Investigators said several uninvited males showed up at the party and were asked to leave. The group then started a fight at the front door before eventually leaving.
“All these kids that I say they all had beverages, cans in their hands when they started arriving,” said neighbor Crisantos Lopez. “They were already hooched up, I knew something was going to happen.”
The suspects then returned with a gun and shot several times at the house, deputies said. One 18-year-old male was wounded after a bullet went through his hand and hit him in the chest. However, deputies said the gunshot wound was not life-threatening.
“Kids scattered like roaches,” said Valdez. “Everybody was trying to take off to their vehicles. Kids were running everywhere.”
Another partygoer followed the suspects to an apartment complex just off Imperial Valley, investigators said. Deputies then responded to that scene and took three suspects into custody.
Those three suspects are facing aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charges.