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Four dead in shootings at one-year-old’s birthday party in Texas

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(Reuters) – Four men were killed when a fight between two families turned into a shootout at the birthday party for a 1-year-old in Texas, state officials said.

Gunfire broke out early Saturday evening in the small town of Taft, north of Corpus Christi. In addition to the four killed, a man was taken by helicopter to a Corpus Christi hospital, Sgt. Nathan Brandley of the Texas Department of Public Safety told reporters.

Police were seeking two men in connection with the shooting, Brandley said late on Saturday, adding that the Department of Public Safety’s Texas Rangers were leading the investigation.

Calls and an email to the department seeking further details were not immediately returned on Sunday.

The four men were found dead at the house where the birthday party took place, Brandley said. He gave no motive for the shootings other than to say there was an altercation between members of two families.

On June 30 in Idaho, nine people were wounded at a 3-year-old’s birthday party by a man who went on a stabbing spree. Media reported that the child later died.

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