Houston, Texas – A shooting at an off-campus party near Prairie View A&M University left seven people, including a child, injured. The incident occurred on November 5, just after 10 pm during Prairie View A&M’s homecoming weekend, the incident raises concerns about campus safety.
The shooting took place at a trail ride pasture party attended by over a thousand people. While it is unclear if the victims or those involved have any affiliation with the university, the incident has prompted a response from Prairie View A&M University officials. This shooting follows a similar incident at Morgan State University, which led to the cancellation of their homecoming festivities.
Law enforcement officers arrived at the scene and found that four adult females, two adult males, and one juvenile male had suffered non-life-threatening gunshot wounds. The victims were not directly involved in the dispute that escalated into gunfire. The incident is being classified as an aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
The party, held in violation of the local ordinance, was required to have an approved permit and meet specific conditions. However, an investigation reveals that the organizers failed to adhere to the permit requirements, including providing adequate security personnel. Neighbors have expressed their frustrations, citing past issues caused by the unruly party.
The Waller County Sheriff’s Office is continuing the investigation. The unfortunate string of shootings at historically Black colleges and universities highlights the importance of ensuring the safety and security of students and attendees.