LANCASTER — Dallas County Sheriff’s Department is seeking information after a shooting sent one person to the hospital during an after-prom party for Red Oak High School students.
First responders were dispatched at about 3 a.m. to the 1300 block of Moreland Road on Sunday.
"The parents were present, but the party grew to be 500 people at some point. So it looks like the information spread via social media about this party. That is why it kind of ballooned to more than it was intended,” Dallas County Sheriff’s Department Public Information Officer Melinda Urbina said. “So apparently, during that time of the party, there were multiple suspects. I believe anywhere from two to four people. As of this morning, there are still a lot of people there that need to be interviewed and get their accounts. We are trying to match up and verify everyone statement.”
As of Monday afternoon, Urbina said the sheriff’s department is still investigating the incident as an aggravated robbery because the suspects robbed about six to seven individuals. One of the individuals, a Hispanic male, was shot in the shoulder. He was transported to Methodist Dallas Medical Center and has since been released. A second person was physically assaulted.
Urbina explained the sheriff’s department does not know exactly what the altercation was — whether it was a punch or a shove — but there was enough contact for it to be considered a physical assault.
Urbina added the names of the victims are not going to be released at this time to respect their privacy but also do to the complexity of the case. She also stated the type of property that was stolen will not be released while investigators work to tie it back to the suspects involved in the offense. Urbina explained that sheriff’s deputies are working at this time to interview partygoers with hopes of identifying the suspects in the case.
Red Oak Independent School District Interim Superintendent Alan Oakley said the district’s police department is working in conjunction with other law enforcement on the case to provide any assistance they can. Oakley said a statement about the incident would be sent out to parents when more facts become available.
People with information about this case are asked to contact the Dallas County Sheriff's Department's Criminal Investigation Division. The division can be reached at 214-353-3481.
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