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Authorities: 2 arrested in Texas shooting

12 November 2013, 08:31

Houston - Two suspects have been charged in connection with a deadly shooting at a house party in suburban Houston that left two teenagers dead and injured 19 others, authorities announced on Monday.

Willie Young, 21, and Randy Stewart, 18, were arrested on Monday morning, according to the Harris County Sheriff's Office. Young is charged with deadly conduct while Stewart is charged with aggravated assault.

The victim killed at the scene has been identified as 17-year-old Queric Richardson. The name of the other victim, a 16-year-old girl who died at a hospital, has not been released.

Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia has said Saturday's shooting began when someone fired a pistol in the air in celebration. In the ensuing confusion, someone else began firing into the crowd, causing people to stream into the narrow street.

Monday's arrests came on the same day that school officials said security will be boosted and grief counsellors provided for students at a school where one of the dead teens was enrolled.

Katy school district spokesperson Steve Stanford said Richardson was a student at Morton Ranch High School.

Stanford said some students at the school were among the more than 100 who attended the party. He said school district police will increase patrols so that officers are more visible this week.

- AP

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