A shooting at a Halloween party in the Houston suburb of Humble left one person dead and nine others injured, police said.
Nine people were taken to hospitals with gunshot wounds early Saturday morning, according to Humble police officer Nicholas Gerson.
At least one person was shot to death and one person is in custody, Gerson said at a news conference. He did not provide further details on the people or the person who is in custody.
It was not immediately clear whether the person in custody is the one who was shot.
The shooting happened at around 2:45 a.m. CT when the situation escalated, he said. The shooting started at the party, but Gerson said he couldn’t comment on what started it.
‘This thing started with a party’
Gerson said police have not identified the person who was shot to death. The ninth person who was injured had been shot in the foot, he said.
The shooting happened at a middle school on the city’s west side, he said. The gunfire broke out outside the school, not inside, and police didn’t hear gunfire inside the school, Gerson said.
“This thing started with a party,” Gerson said. “Quite frankly, as we come out of scene, I didn’t see the party is that soon.”
Gerson said police are also not sure how many people were attending the Halloween party.
“We still don’t know the large amount of people that were outside the school, but it was a large number,” he said.
Gerson said another person who was shot was treated at the scene by the ambulance crew on the scene.
‘This is a horrific tragedy’
Scott Brinton, who lives in the area, told CNN that he had heard about 10 gunshots.
“Our alarm company and the police did a quick check. We ran back in to get our kids,” he said.
“It’s not a surprise in this city. This is a horrific tragedy.”
Brinton said he had told his wife, who also lives in the area, that “this would be a story you would tell your kids.”
“This is an everyday kind of thing. This is a normal part of life. I’ve lived here 10 years and things like this are always coming up. This just takes place to a higher level,” he said.