3 teenagers shot, another injured after being trampled during house party in Baytown, sheriff says

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Sunday, February 26, 2023
House party ending in gunfire leads to 3 teens shot, 1 injured: HCSO
Investigators said three teenagers were shot, and at least one was trampled after chaos broke out during a house party with about 200 people overnight.

BAYTOWN, Texas (KTRK) -- An investigation is underway after three teenagers were shot and one was seriously hurt at a house party in Baytown, according to the Harris County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies responded to the shooting at about 11:30 p.m. on Friday in the 4300 block of Firebrush Lane.

When deputies got there, they said they found two young men, who are 18 and 19 years old, with gunshot wounds.

Investigators said the 19-year-old is in critical condition, and the 18-year-old is in fair condition.

Two other teenagers, 15-and 16-year-old boys, also arrived at the hospital, according to the sheriff's office.

Deputies said the 15-year-old was shot, and the 16-year-old was trampled as he ran from the house after shots were fired. They are both reportedly in fair condition.

ABC13 spoke to Joseph Wetterer, who said he is a longtime friend of the 19-year-old who was shot.

"This is something that's just mind-boggling to us all. It's something you'd never expect. It's a shame something like this happened to him. When you heard his name, and you hear the situation that happened, it makes you go into disbelief," Wetterer said.

Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said there were an estimated 100 to 200 people at the house party.

According to Gonzalez, other people fell and/or were trampled while running from the house after the shots were fired.

The motive for the shooting is still under investigation.

"If you know anything about the situation or the people involved, please speak up. It would help the family out big time. I just hope that the people who are responsible for this are held up to the law," Wetterer said.

Gonzalez said investigators are aware of possible videos of the party on social media and are asking for anyone with info to call the Harris County Sheriff's Office at 713-274-9365 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

Wetterer and his brother started a GoFundMe to help their friend out with medical expenses.

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