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10 people shot dead at Spring Break party at South Dallas event venue

A mass shooting outside a party venue in South Dallas early Sunday left 10 people shot and others injured as they scrambled to escape the gunfire, police said.

Dallas police said officers responded around midnight at the Space Dallas in the 5200 block of Botham Jean Boulevard near U.S. Route 175 to reports of a shooting.

Dallas Police and Fire Department says WFAA-TV (Channel 8) that several people had been injured and that crews had taken at least four ambulances of people to hospitals. The WFAA reported that the victims were aged 14 and older.

An 18-year-old man is in critical condition, police said on Sunday. The condition and injuries of the other victims were not known.

Police did not say whether an arrest had been made.

Joe Morgan, 55, was working crowd control at the site Saturday night, where a group of teenagers were having a spring party, he said. Morgan said security hired for the event confronted some of the patrons before hearing the sound of multiple gunshots being fired from across the street.

Morgan said “chaos” erupted and he was stomped on by people fleeing the party.

“A lot of kids were helping other kids,” Morgan said the day after the shootings. He recalled seeing people injured in the chest, thigh, arm, lower leg and shoulder.

Around 11 a.m. Sunday, Morgan was picking up debris — broken glass, an abandoned cellphone and beer cans — from the bloody grass outside the venue. When asked why he stayed to clean up, even after investigators cleared the area, he replied, “This is my neighborhood.

About a block from Botham Jean Boulevard around the site was recorded for most of Sunday morning. More than 70 police markers indicating evidence and casings were scattered throughout the area, among police cars and uniformed officers. Shoes, hats and empty bottles were dumped on the lawn of the venue and in the nearby convenience store parking lot.

No additional information about the shooting was immediately available.

The mass shooting was one of several instances of gun violence around Dallas and Texas early Sunday. A 55-year-old man was fatally shot in Old East Dallas shortly before 4 a.m. A shooting in downtown Austin left four injured around 3 a.m. as the city hosts the South by Southwest festival.

Anyone with video or information about the shooting can contact Dallas Police Detective Alec Lopez at [email protected] or 214-671-3658. Please refer to case no. 048526-2022.

Crime Stoppers offers a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to an arrest and charge. To tip anonymously, call 214-373-8477.

CORRECTION, 11:15 a.m.: An earlier version of this article reported inaccurate reports from Dallas police that a gunshot victim had died. Dallas police corrected the information and said the victim was in critical condition.

Writer Krista Torralva contributed to this report.