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5 teens shot, two critical, in ‘targeted’ graduation party shooting in Socorro; police ‘confident’ they’ll find suspect

UPDATE, 6:15 p.m.: The spokesman for University Medical Center called back to state that there were five victims recovering, not six, as previously mentioned.

UPDATE 4 p.m.: A spokesperson from the University Medical Center of El Paso (UMC) confirmed one victim was transferred from Del Sol Medical Center to UMC earlier today.

A total of six victims, ranging between the ages of 14 and 18, are currently being treated at UMC.

UPDATE 10 a.m.: Socorro Chief of Police David Burton says five teenagers have sustained varying injuries, but there have been no fatalities. The teens range in age from 16 to 18, according to Burton. Some individuals received multiple gunshot wounds.

All have survived, but two are in critical condition.

Burton said upon arrival, officer located an injured teen whom they performed first aid on because of his gunshot wounds.

Burton said there is no immediate threat to the public. Burton confirmed earlier details about the party, adding that the exact location was 10851 Thunder Road.

Burton says they are confident they will be able to identify the suspect and report that later today.

Burton said as many as 100 people were at the graduation party.

He said at some point a person began firing rounds into the crowd.

Officials are working to identify the suspect. Burton said this was a targeted attack.

Additionally, he said they are aware of reports of there being several shooters, but that information could not be confirmed.

Burton said people are cooperating; he said they have interviewed 50 people.

Several vehicles have been taken into police possession, but officials couldn't expand on that.

Burton said they the number of shots is still being counted.

Socorro, Texas - Several people were wounded during a shooting in the city of Socorro early Saturday morning.

Socorro Police Lt. Eddie Smith told ABC-7 that five victims described as "teenagers and young people" were taken to the hospital. Preliminary information indicated they suffered gunshot wounds, and at least one person had been shot in the chest, Lt. Smith said.

The shooting happened around 1 a.m. at a house party in the 10000 block of Thunder Road, near Horizon Blvd.

Lt. Smith said when officers arrived, about 50 people were still inside the home. He said the preliminary investigation indicated two groups began fighting, then the shooting started.

At daybreak, parents were still waiting for their kids to be released from the home by investigators.

"The truth is I wanted the school year to be over so she would be safe," a mom said as she waited for her daughter. "But she can't even be safe at home, or at parties, or anywhere."

The El Paso County Sheriff's office is assisting with the investigation.

ABC-7 is live on Good Morning El Paso with the breaking details.

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