High School Birthday Party "Gone Wild" Leaves 2 Dead, 20 Injured

Your News Companion by Ben Mathis-Lilley
Nov. 11 2013 3:04 PM

High School Birthday Party "Gone Wild" Leaves 2 Dead, 20 Injured

Texas police on Monday announced the arrest of two young men in connection with a deadly shooting at a house party in suburban Houston over the weekend that left two high school students dead, and nearly two dozen other guests injured. According to the Houston Chronicle, 21-year-old Willie Young is charged with deadly conduct, and 18-year-old Randy Stewart is charged with aggravated assault.

Police are still piecing together exactly what happened at the house party in Cypress, which was packed with more than 100 school-age partygoers, but here's the current working theory, via the New York Times:

Sheriff Adrian Garcia of Harris County said the chaos apparently began when a young man fired a gun inside the house in celebration. Another young man standing nearby pulled out a gun and fired into the crowd in response, the sheriff said. “I can only assume that it is just a horrible combination of immaturity, access to a firearm and the inability to control one’s self,” Sheriff Garcia said on Sunday.
The two victims who died, a 16-year-old girl and an 18-year-old man, were students at local high schools. About 16 other young people had gunshot wounds, and four others were treated for various injuries, including a broken leg and twisted ankles. The sheriff described the party as a “birthday party gone wild,” and criticized its organizers for promoting it widely on social media and creating dangerous conditions inside.
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The Times also notes that an adult had been serving as a bouncer at the front door, patting down guests in an apparent attempt to check for weapons. The two suspects, however, appear to have come in through a back door, avoiding the pat-down.