HOUSTON- Houston rapper Trae Tha Truth is lashing out against violence, a day after his community fair at Texas Southern University ended in gunfire.
"That makes me feel awful because the whole purpose of the event is the kids," said Trae.
Eight people were shot, just as the second annual Trae Day festivities came to an end Wednesday night.
Witnesses said the scene devolved into chaos when a car, possibly a burgundy-colored Oldsmobile, drove by and bullets sprayed out from the vehicle.
The sound of gunfire made people drop to the pavement of the parking lot where the rally was being held to promote community service and voter registration.
Detectives are working with TSU investigators to locate the suspects.
"We have no reason to suspect the shooting is gang-related," said TSU Police Captain Remon Green. "We believe the shooting stemmed from an earlier shooting last week in Missouri City."
Among the victims were a TSU student and a 14-year-old girl. Authorities said that none of the injuries was considered life threatening.
"It's just painful this happened because the event itself was perfect," said Trae.
Thousands attended the event, which lasted from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. in a parking lot off Cleburne on TSU's campus. Trae Day included a voter registration drive, free pony rides and face painting.
Before the violence, Houston City Councilman Peter Brown and U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee made appearances at the event, which was billed as a "family block party."
Councilman Brown's office released a statement denouncing the violence and expressing prayers and concerns for the innocent victims.
A spokesperson for Sheila Jackson Lee said the Congresswoman was not a sponsor of the event, and her main concern is for the wellbeing of the victims.