Halloween Party Shooting in Texas Leaves 1 Dead and 9 Injured

Wire Service
By Wire Service
October 31, 2021USshare
Halloween Party Shooting in Texas Leaves 1 Dead and 9 Injured
A police vehicle at the scene of a shooting in Texarkana, Texas, on Oct. 31, 2021. (Courtesy of KTBS)

A shooting at a Halloween party in Texarkana, Texas, left one person dead and nine others injured, the Texarkana Police Department said Sunday.

Police said the suspected shooter, Keuntae McElroy, 21, of Texarkana, Arkansas, turned himself in late Sunday morning. Police say McElroy was booked into jail on one count of felony aggravated assault and additional charges are expected Monday.

Officers responded to reports of a shooting at Octavia’s Event Center in the 2300 block of Texas Boulevard shortly before midnight and “encountered a large number of people running from the building and several inside suffering from gunshot wounds,” the Texarkana Police Department said in a statement on Facebook. Texarkana is about 180 miles east of Dallas.

At the time of the shooting, around 200 people were inside the venue, police said.

Victims were taken to Wadley Regional Medical Center and Christus St. Michael Hospital, police said.

One 20-year-old man died shortly after being admitted to the hospital, police said in the statement. His name is being withheld until family can be notified.

The other nine victims’ injuries do not appear to be life threatening, police said.

Before McElroy turned himself in, police had obtained an arrest warrant for him and were searching for him, contacting his family and friends.

“While the motive is still unknown, the preliminary investigation indicates that it may (have) been the result of some type of disturbance among some the partygoers,” police said.

The CNN Wire and The Associated Press contributed to this report

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