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November 11, 2013

2 killed, 16 wounded at house party

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“It’s a horrible combination of immaturity, access to a firearm and the inability to control one’s self,” Garcia said.

Mariah Boulden, who said it was her birthday party, said the bouncer patted people down as they entered the home. Two men refused to be searched and walked away, but they apparently hopped a neighbor’s fence and entered through a back gate.

“They weren’t supposed to be here, whoever they were,” Boulden said.

Pools of blood were visible outside the two-story brick home yesterday, and the garage door was bent after people had pushed it upward while trying to escape.

Sheriff’s spokesman Thomas Gilliland said that when deputies first arrived at the home about 25 miles northwest of Houston, they were met by “mass chaos,” and “kids were literally everywhere.” He said witnesses reported partygoers jumping from the second floor in their scramble to flee.

Bruno Figueroa, who lives a few houses away, told the AP he heard five to 10 shots. He looked out his window and saw at least 30 people running down his street.

“Kids were running everywhere,” he said.

Figueroa said people suddenly began ducking into backyards and behind vehicles in driveways, apparently trying to hide from a car that was slowly coming down the street. Figueroa said that from his upstairs window, he could hear the people who were hiding nearby.

“They were crying, yelling, ‘My brother got shot,’ ‘Why did they do this?’” he said.

Figueroa said as soon as the slow-moving car rounded a corner and sped away, the people who had been hiding gathered back in the street.

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