Houston police identify victim of apparent gang shooting

By Deborah Quinn Hensel

HOUSTON (Reuters) – Police on Thursday identified an 18-year-old former Worthing High School student killed in what appeared to be a gang-related shootout during a girls’ football game on campus.

Houston police said Tremaine Deante Paul died and five other males were shot on Wednesday evening.

The incident occurred at about 6:45 p.m. local time when a fist fight broke out between two men and guns were pulled, police spokesman John Cannon said. Police later detained, questioned, and released two men at a nearby apartment complex. A Ford Taurus believed to have been at the scene of the shooting was found at the complex with multiple bullet holes and blood in the back seat, Cannon said.

The incident is still under investigation.

“At this time, it is not known if one group specifically came to fight the other or if the two groups just ended up at the same location,” the Houston Police Department said in a news release. “There were other groups also present, along with friends who associate with them.”

On Thursday, classes resumed at Worthing with heightened security measures. Police cars surrounded the campus. Students were individually checked for weapons with metal-detecting wands before they were admitted to the building. Grief counselors were dispatched to the high school, said Houston Independent School District spokesman Norm Uhl.

A letter from the district to parents of students at Worthing and three other high schools on Thursday said that the incident occurred at a non-school-sanctioned game where students from several schools — as well as non-student residents from the surrounding neighborhood — had gathered.

(Editing by Corrie MacLaggan and Greg McCune)

Houston police identify victim of apparent gang shooting