Crime

Shooting that wounded 3 teens began with dispute on Snapchat, Fort Worth police say

A shooting that occurred Tuesday night as a large fight broke out in south Fort Worth, leaving three teens wounded, began with a disagreement on Snapchat, police said Thursday.

The shooting appears to have involved students from Burleson High School, the Burleson Independent School District confirmed in a statement sent to the Star-Telegram. Mikala Hill, the district’s chief communications officer, said the district has been made aware of the situation and will cooperate with police.

“While this did not occur on school property or during a school activity,” Hill said in the statement, “we are monitoring the situation and cooperating with law enforcement.”

Officer Tracy Carter, a Fort Worth police spokesman, said on Thursday no arrests have been made in connection to the incident and “detectives are still investigating.”

Police determined multiple people had gotten into a fight Tuesday night when someone pulled out a gun and began firing into the crowd. The dispute started with a disagreement on Snapchat, police said Thursday.

Officers responded about 10:50 p.m. Tuesday to a residential neighborhood in the 1000 block of Buffalo Springs Drive for a report of a shooting, police said.

They found three victims, police said, and the individuals were transported to a local hospital. The victims were two teenage boys and one teenage girl, according to media reports.

A MedStar spokesman said the two males suffered minor injuries while the female sustained a serious injury that wasn’t life-threatening.

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Jack Howland is a breaking news and enterprise reporter. Before coming to the Star-Telegram in May 2019, he worked for two and a half years as a breaking news reporter at the Poughkeepsie Journal in New York. He’s a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism.
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