Authorities: 2 Dead, 22 Hurt in Texas Gunfire

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    Shots erupted at a large house party in Houston, Texas on Saturday night (Published Sunday, Jan 26, 2014)

    HOUSTON (AP) - Two people have been killed and at least 22 others injured when gunfire rang out at a large house party in suburban Houston, sending partygoers fleeing in panic, authorities said.

    The shots erupted late Saturday night at the party where more than 100 mostly young adults had gathered at a home in the Cypress area of Houston's suburbs, the Harris County Sheriff's Office said. A statement from that office said two suspects were being sought early Sunday, but it did not elaborate.

    The office said a man and woman were dead and those hurt had injuries ranging from minor to critical.

    Alan Bernstein, director of public affairs for the sheriff's office, emailed a copy of the statement to The Associated Press but did not give further details in response to questions emailed to him.

    None of the victims were identified by name.

    Earlier, Thomas Gilliland, a spokesman with the sheriff's office, told the Houston Chronicle in its online edition Sunday that some of the wounded received shots to the foot, ankle and hip.  He also told the paper that others fleeing the home had injuries such as twisted ankles.

    "It was a pretty chaotic scene," Gilliland told the Houston Chronicle, adding that deputies arriving at the scene saw some people lying on the ground and others running.

    The newspaper quoted witnesses as saying some people banged on doors for help afterward urging others to call 911 amid crying and screaming.

    There was no immediate word on how many shots were fired or a possible motive.

    The sheriff's statement said those hurt were taken to at least five area medical centers or hospitals.

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