A pregnant woman was fatally shot at a birthday party in Texas, injuring four others.
Houston police responded to Margaret Jenkins Park around 1 a.m. Saturday when a birthday party turned deadly.
“We received reports of multiple gunshots from our ShotSpotter technology,” Houston police Assistant Chief Ernest Garcia said at a news conference, referring to a type of gunshot detection system used in many cities.
“There were several groups in the park and there was some sort of altercation. At some point during this altercation, several people pulled out firearms and started shooting.
Autumn Valian, 21, was killed in the shooting, her family told ABC affiliate KTRK. She was five months pregnant.
The woman’s mother, Ebony Valian, told KTRK they tried to leave before violence erupted.
“I looked back and saw that my baby was down on the ground. It’s gone,” she told the news station. “[She was] in school trying to get a job. It’s trying to become something, and she’s gone.
Of the remaining four injured, three were sent to hospital. This includes two of the suspects. The fourth was grazed by a bullet but did not go to hospital.