July 7, 2014 - Houston police are investigating the shooting of four males at 1700 Almeda Genoa about 1:40 a.m. on Saturday (July 5).
One victim, 16, suffered a gunshot wound to the head and was transported to Ben Taub General Hospital in critical condition. The three other victims were transported to Ben Taub General and Memorial Hermann Hospitals.
HPD Homicide Division Sergeants C. Elliott and B. Williams reported:
Approximately 5,000 to 10,000 people were attending a "Carribean Festival" at an arena at the above address. The attendees were on the dirt arena floor dancing and throwing powdered paint and water on each other as part of the festivities. A fight broke out on the floor among numerous people. At least one person then pulled a gun and began shooting, wounding four people.
The shooting then created a panic on the crowded floor and people began to run out of the one floor entrance. Several persons were then injured in the rush to exit at the same time. All attendees then fled the scene.
Harris County Precinct 7 deputy constables were working security at the event. When they were able to make their way to the arena floor, they found the victims and attempted to secure the scene. No eyewitnesses were located or have come forward since the shooting. The suspect is described only as a black male with a muscular build.
Anyone with information in this incident is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.
For additional information, please contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.