Texas police say that a huge unauthorized, social media advertised beach party lead to a shooting leading to 1 person being killed, and two others injured. There were 15,000 to 20,000 young people that converged on Surfside Beach near Galveston.
It was posted by someone without a permit and publicized as a social media event on Twitter, offering free food, drinks, and live entertainment. The party started out peacefully, but with so many young people in a small area at one time, several fights had broken out with one leading to gunfire.
“We let them party as much as they wanted and it got out of hand,” Surfside Beach Police Chief Gary Phillips said.
It was unclear what the motive was behind the shooting and as of Sunday, police did not have a suspect in custody. One witness believes that drugs an alcohol lead to the outbreak of violence at the beach.
“There was a lot of drinking and a lot of weed,” Alante Wade of Spring told The Facts.
A family member confirmed to the Houston Chronicle that the one person killed was 25-year-old Derrick Milam, who was struck in the neck by a stray bullet.