A shootout erupted between two groups who each held their own celebrations in adjacent banquet halls in Dallas early Sunday, killing eight people with gunshot wounds, including two minors aged 10 and 15, authorities said.
The shooting took place just after 12:30 a.m. at a shopping center along the East RL Thornton Freeway, Dallas police said in a written statement to Fox News. Response officers found several gunshot victims at the scene.
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Investigators believe two separate groups were each meeting in individual suites at the mall, police said.
Photojournalists with FOX4 Dallas at the scene posted photos of the aftermath on Twitter. A wrote that the two groups were in adjacent banquet halls to celebrate an anniversary and graduation respectively.
Police said people from each side were standing outside at the back of the building when an argument broke out and led to a brief physical confrontation. Shortly after the two sides returned to their respective suites, gunfire was exchanged.
At least one of the miners sustained a single gunshot wound to his leg, police said.
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One of the eight victims was in surgery and his condition was not known at this time. The injuries of the other seven victims did not appear to be life threatening.
Police remained at the scene early Sunday to interview witnesses to identify possible suspects.
No arrests were made on Sunday morning as police continue their investigation.