Teen killed, another injured at Halloween party shooting

October 30, 2010 4:17:29 PM PDT
A 17-year-old girl is dead and another teen is wounded after they were shot outside a Halloween party in southeast Houston. Investigators say the victims were in a truck by a home off Concord and Chicago early Saturday morning when someone opened fire on them.

The teens who partied at the home Friday night returned Saturday, but this time, without a festive spirit. They dodged our cameras and ignored our questions and asked us to leave. They didn't want to talk about their friend who was shot and killed there.

"I heard one gunshot and then there was a pause, and then eight or nine really loud gunshots," neighbor Alice Rodriguez said.

Rodriguez woke up to the gunfire around 2am Saturday and called 9-1-1.

"It was a teenager, just a teenager party," she said.

Police say dozens of teenagers were here for a Halloween party. Seventeen-year-old Loreal Castro and 18-year-old Simon Romero were in the back seat of this truck, parked in front of the house.

"Someone came by and shot up two of the vehicles that were parked in front of the residence," said Richard Martinez with HPD homicide.

Castro was shot in the back and died. Romero was shot in the arm, but is expected to be fine. Police say the two were below the window line, so it's unclear whether the gunman knew there were people in the truck.

Castro's uncle drove by the scene on Sunday afternoon. He didn't want to go on camera but said his niece was a good kid and a senior at Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart.

For Rodriguez, whose own son is 17, this Halloween nightmare scared her enough to make sure her son stays home.

"No partying for him tonight," she said. "He'll be home with me."

Police say they have no suspects, no witnesses and no motive for this shooting. There was apparently a fight inside the house between another teen and her ex-boyfriend, who threatened to "come back and shoot up the place." However, it's still unclear whether that's the same person responsible for killing Castro.

If you know anything about the shooting, call police or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-8477.


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