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Police search for suspect after 1 killed, 9 injured in shooting at East Texas Halloween party

Keuntae McElroy, 21, of Texarkana, Arkansas, has been arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

TEXARKANA, Texas — The Texarkana Police Department says a suspect is in custody following a shooting that killed one person and injured another at a Halloween party. 

Police say Keuntae McElroy, 21, of Texarkana, Arkansas, has been arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Detectives are currently preparing probable cause affidavits to obtain arrest warrants for McElroy for murder and eight additional charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.  

According to the TTPD, just before midnight, police responded to Octavia’s Event Center, located in the 2300 block of Texas Blvd. on reports of a shooting.

Police say when they arrived, they found a large number of people running from the building and several inside suffering from gunshot wounds.  

Ten people were taken to local hospitals by ambulance, police units and private vehicles. Javon Gooden, 20, of Texarkana, died at the hospital. The TTPD says the injuries of the remaining nine victims, whose ages range from 15-23, do not appear to life-threatening.

"Detectives are investigating and interviewing victims and witnesses," the TTPD said in a statement. "It is estimated that there were at least a couple hundred people in the venue when the shootings occurred."

"While the motive is still unknown, the preliminary investigation indicates that it may been the result of some type of disturbance among some the partygoers," the TTPD said.

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