Mass shooting at Halloween party kills 1 and injures 9 in East Texas

A man was killed and nine others were injured in a shooting at a Halloween party in eastern Texas, police said.

A shooting broke out at the Octavia Event Center in Texarkana, city police said in a news release late Saturday. Texarkana is located 180 miles east of Dallas, on the Texas border with Arkansas.

Police estimated that “at least two hundred people” were at the scene of the shooting. The statement stated that the officers “encountered a large number of people fleeing from the building, and many inside it were shot.”

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The 10 people who were shot went to two hospitals for treatment; Police said it was either by an ambulance, a police unit or a private car.

Police said a 20-year-old man “died a short time later” in a hospital. His name has not been revealed. Police said the injuries to the other nine did not appear to be life-threatening.

Police said the suspected shooter was “described as a black man who left in an unidentified car after the shooting.”

“While the motive remains unknown, preliminary investigations indicate that it may have been the result of some kind of disturbance among some of the party participants,” the statement added.

Reuters Contributed.

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