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Four men killed in shooting at child's birthday party in US' Texas state

Investigators say a party in South Texas to mark a toddler's first birthday erupted in gunfire, leaving four men dead and a fifth man wounded.

Published: 14th October 2018 09:23 PM  |   Last Updated: 14th October 2018 11:52 PM   |  A+A-

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By Associated Press

TAFT (TEXAS): Investigators say a party in South Texas to mark a toddler's first birthday erupted in gunfire, leaving four men dead and a fifth man wounded.

The Texas Department of Public Safety says the shooting happened shortly after 5 p.m. Saturday in Taft, 12 miles (19 kilometers) north of Corpus Christi. Sgt. Nathan Brandley said an argument escalated into a deadly shooting.

Brandley says one suspect is in custody. He says a second suspect hasn't yet been arrested.

Brandley identified those killed as 62-year-old Juan Espinoza Sr.; 20-year-old Juan Sandoval III; 22-year-old Jeremy Sandoval; and 25-year-old Nicky Sandoval.

He says the suspects and victims are distant relatives.

The wounded man, 43-year-old Juan Espinoza Jr., was airlifted to a Corpus Christi hospital. Brandley says he's expected to survive.



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