2 dead in South Texas family gathering

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Associated Press

Posted on November 19, 2012 at 6:02 PM

ALTON, Texas (AP) — Authorities say two people are dead and three are injured after gunmen opened fire at a family gathering in South Texas in what appeared to be a targeted attack.

Hidalgo County Sheriff's Capt. Norberto Leal told The McAllen Monitor (http://bit.ly/TbCk9M ) that possibly two gunmen wearing masks or hooded sweatshirts approached the homeowner and started shooting Sunday evening. They fled in a red SUV, which was found abandoned later Sunday.

Leal said all the victims appeared to be related. The homeowner was among those shot.

Sheriff Lupe Trevino said it appeared to be a planned hit because the shooter went straight for the homeowner.

The area near McAllen is a mix of rural pastures and suburban homes known for a concentration of taquerias near where the shooting occurred.

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Information from: The Monitor, http://www.themonitor.com

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