Dispute Over Alcohol Leads to Quinceañera Shooting

One killed, several others injured in melee

By Ben Russell
|  Monday, Mar 26, 2012  |  Updated 6:45 PM CDT
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One man is dead and several others are injured after a shooting at a Quinceañera in Ellis County Saturday.

Ben Russell, NBC 5 News

One man is dead and several others are injured after a shooting at a Quinceañera in Ellis County Saturday.

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The Ellis County Sheriff's Department is interviewing upwards of three dozen witnesses and partygoers Monday who were in attendance late Saturday when a Ferris family's quinceañera celebration was interrupted by gunfire.

Four people were shot, two people were stabbed and two more were beaten in the melee that ensued in the yard of a home in the 200-block of Wickliffe Road.

One of the shooting victims, a man in his 30s, was killed, according to sheriff's deputies.

Another victim, an 11-year-old fifth grader at nearby Ferris Intermediate School was shot in the stomach.  He is in stable condition according to the school's principal, who also said Monday that she visited with the boy's family Sunday night at Children's Medical Center in Dallas.

One neighbor told NBC 5 the argument that preceded the shooting involved adults concerning alcohol and the children at the party.

Lt. Rick White of the Ellis County Sheriff's Department said that there are no clear suspects at this point, and that the results of the department's investigation will likely be turned over to a grand jury to determine if charges should be filed.
 

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