Seven people shot at homecoming party

WALLER COUNTY, TX – A shooting incident during a homecoming party in Waller County has left seven individuals injured, prompting an ongoing investigation by the Waller County Sheriff’s Office.

The incident unfolded late Sunday night, with deputies responding to gunfire reports shortly after 10 p.m. The shooting took place in the 3500 block of Cameron Rd. in Waller County during a trail ride pasture party, held in conjunction with a Prairie View A&M University homecoming celebration.

Detectives discovered that four adult women, two adult men, and one male juvenile had sustained gunshot wounds while attending the event. Fortunately, their injuries, primarily to their lower extremities, are not believed to be life-threatening.

Local residents have expressed concerns about the nature of the event, which they claim has evolved from a traditional trail ride into a more raucous concert-like atmosphere with a younger crowd. Private security was hired to ensure safety, but concerns about the event’s scale and safety protocols have grown in recent years.

Organizers had obtained a mass gathering permit for the location, approved by Waller County Judge Trey Duhon. However, Duhon stated that the organizers had failed to meet permit conditions on several issues, and an investigation is underway. Detectives believe the shooting occurred following a verbal dispute involving several individuals at the party. As of now, no arrests have been made.

In response to the incident, Prairie View A&M University issued a statement expressing sadness and concern for those affected, emphasizing that the event was not an official university homecoming gathering and was not affiliated with the institution. The Waller County Sheriff’s Office is leading the ongoing investigation.