News: BREAKING: Drive-By Shooting Leaves 6 Wounded At Houston Rapper Rally

Thursday, Jul 23, 2009 6:41AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

At least six people have reportedly been wounded by gunfire during a Texas Southern University event Wednesday (July 22) night which included a performance by local rapper Trae tha Truth.

The shooting reportedly took place yesterday evening.

Police are investigating a multiple shooting reported on the Texas Southern University campus. People were gathered at the event that included a Houston rapper's performance when a car drove by and shots sprayed out from the vehicle, school spokeswoman Eva Pickens said, citing witness statements to police. The sound of gunfire made people drop to the pavement of the parking lot where the rally was being held to promote community service and voter registration. Texas Southern is a historically black university in Houston with an enrollment approaching 10,000 students. (Dallas News)

Local authorities believe the event may have been gang-related.

Six people, including one male student, were being treated for injuries that were serious but not life-threatening. Campus police believe the violence resulted from a rivalry between two gangs, one from Missouri City, a suburb southwest of Houston, and the other from Fresno, a small town outside Missouri City. Before the violence, Houston City Councilman Peter Brown and U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee made appearances at the event billed as a "family block party," and local rapper Trae the Truth performed songs. (Associated Press)

People from the event have released statements of their accounts.

Peter Role, a local music promoter who was at the event, said he heard what he said sounded "like the Fourth of July" in the parking lot. "We heard some gunshots and everybody was hitting the ground," he said. He doesn't know exactly what happened, but apparently a round hit a tire of his Lexus. TSU police removed the tire for inspection. (Houston Chronicle)

The shooting also placed women and children in danger, according to reports.

"I took off running with flip-flops on. There was a pregnant lady and I tried to help her," witness T'Angela DeBoest said. "I escorted her to someone's property where she would be safe." The victims were all taken to area hospitals where they are being treated for reported non-threatening injuries. It is not clear if the shooting victims were students. (ABC News)

No further information on the shooting has been revealed.

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