At least nine teenagers were shot and injured on Sunday at an after-prom party in Jasper, Texas county authorities have said.
The victims ranged in age from 15 to 19, according to KBMT-KJAC television news reported in a party where approximately 250 people had attended.
According to Jasper County Sheriff’s Office none of the gunshot wounds were life-threatening,
The incident happened just after midnight Sunday at a residence on County Road 263, just north of Jasper, Texas, according to the authorities.
However it was not disclosed the number of shooters but it was confirmed that the victims were rushed to two hospitals.
“This investigation is ongoing and people of interest are being questioned,” the statement said.
Jasper High School held its prom, a rite of passage for American secondary schools, at a church meeting hall on Saturday night, the TV news 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,” Seybold said in the statement as reported by local media.
According to statistics firearms have become the leading cause of death for U.S. children and teens, surpassing motor vehicle accidents, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported last year.