BAYTOWN, Texas – Deputies are investigating a shooting at a back-to-school party that sent one victim to the hospital with a head wound early Saturday in east Harris County.
According to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to a call of a shooting at 2:30 a.m. near Mohave Circle and Omaha. When deputies arrived at the scene, they found a 20-year-old man shot once in the head.
The victim was airlifted by Life Flight to Memorial Hermann Hospital in critical condition, deputies said.
“This came out of nowhere, the party was going wonderful, smooth. Everybody was really enjoying and having a good time. I didn’t see a sad face in the place,” said Raven, who did not want to use her full name. “I didn’t think anything like this would ever happen to me or my family.”
Raven threw her cousin, Tyler Casanova, a going back to school party. He is headed back to college next week.
The victim, a 20-year-old college student who was at Casanova’s party, was shot in the head by an uninvited guest. The victim's name has not been released.
“I went to the store to get cigarettes, by the time I came back, I seen the people leaving,” Casanova said. “We thought there was an altercation, a scuffle in the front yard, when we got the back we saw that he was wounded. He was just an innocent bystander.”
The shooting has left partygoers in shock and disbelief.
“I’ve been crying for the past seven hours because I can’t believe something like this would happen to me or my family,” Raven said. “I just really pray for his family because if he loses his life, a lot of people will be hurt.”
Neighbors said this is the most activity they have ever had on their street.
“The girl who threw the party, (they) are great kids. I’ve hung out with them, they’re great kids,” Rachel Halford, a neighbor, said. Casanova said that these kind of incidents don’t happen in their neighborhood.
“We don’t live in a sort of neighborhood where problems, such as what occurred last night. That was something, I thought, something in my wildest dreams,” Casanova said.
In the meantime, friends are hoping the victim pulls through. He’s listed in critical condition, but his friends said he may end up losing his vision.
“I just want them to know that I’m hurt. I’m hurting; I don’t want them to think I’m OK. I’m not going to be OK for a long time. I don’t know if my life will go back to normal,” Raven said.
Investigators are interviewing several witnesses to determine what happen. They don’t have a description of the suspect or the getaway car.