Jasper, TX – Nine teenagers were shot during a massive house party after a high school prom in Texas on Saturday night.
The mass shooting occurred at a home located on County Road 263 north of Jasper, KBMT reported.
Police said approximately 250 people were gathered at the residence at the time.
The Jasper County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) said they received a call of a disturbance with shots fired shortly after midnight on April 23, KBMT reported.
They arrived to find nine gunshot victims, all of whom ranged in age from 15 to 19.
AFTER PARTY PROM MASS SHOOTING
9+ teens were shot at post-prom party this morning north of Jasper, Texas.
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Eight of the victims had been loaded up into personal vehicles and transported to Jasper Memorial Hospital, KBMT reported.
Some of the victims were then transferred to Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont.
All of the victims are expected to survive, KBMT reported.
The JCSO is also investigating a second shooting involving a white sedan that had allegedly been at the party.
The second incident occurred on Valley Drive near Bevil Loop, then continued on Highway 190 toward Newton, KBMT reported.
No one was injured during the second incident, according to WABI.
Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) troopers were able to stop the vehicle and were processing it, according to police.
JCSO Chief Deputy Scott Duncan said deputies are now searching for multiple “persons of interest” in connection with the mass shooting, KBMT reported.
Investigators said those who attended the gathering were from Kirbyville and Jasper, both of which had prom festivities on Saturday night.
The identities of the victims and any potential suspects were not immediately released.
The motive is unclear.
🚨SOUTHEAST TEXAS MASS SHOOTING:
KFDM-TV (CBS) reports 9 teenagers were shot at post-prom party this morning north of Jasper, Texas.
The Jasper County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting that injured nine teens, ages 15-19, shortly after midnight Sunday.
— 🚨 Rusty Surette 🚨 (@KBTXRusty) April 23, 2023
The JCSO and DPS said they will be providing extra security at Jasper County school districts out of an abundance of caution, KBMT reported.
“There will be a much larger law enforcement presence this week to ensure student safety, as well as counselors on hand for any students who need their assistance,” Jasper Independent School District Superintendent John Seybold said in a statement.
Chief Deputy Duncan said there are have not been any direct threats to any campuses, KBMT reported.
“Please do not be alarmed if you see extra patrols on campuses, as we want to ensure that students and staff feel safe and provide assistance as needed,” he said.
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