Four men killed, one wounded in shooting at toddler’s first birthday party in Texas

Investigators say a party in South Texas to mark a toddler’s first birthday erupted in gunfire, leaving four men dead and a fifth man wounded.

Authorities said the shooting happened shortly after 5pm on Saturday in Taft, 12 miles north of Corpus Christi. 

An altercation erupted between two families attending the party and escalated into a deadly shooting, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.

The Texas Rangers are now investigating the incident. 

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The Texas Rangers are investigating the deadly shooting of four men and wounding of another at a toddler's birthday party that took place in Taft, Texas on Saturday

The Texas Rangers are investigating the deadly shooting of four men and wounding of another at a toddler's birthday party that took place in Taft, Texas on Saturday

The Texas Rangers are investigating the deadly shooting of four men and wounding of another at a toddler’s birthday party that took place in Taft, Texas on Saturday

Sgt. Nathan Brandley said one suspect is in custody but a second suspect hasn’t yet been arrested. 

Brandley identified those killed as 62-year-old Juan Espinoza Sr.; 20-year-old Juan Sandoval III; 22-year-old Jeremy Sandoval; and 25-year-old Nicky Sandoval. 

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He didn’t immediately say how they were related. 

The wounded man, 43-year-old Juan Espinoza Jr., was airlifted to a Corpus Christi hospital. He is expected to survive. 

‘There was a lot of people who witnessed this happen,’ Brandley told NBC.

‘[We’re] still interviewing eye-witnesses and everybody that was there at the party, trying to piece all the pieces of the puzzle together.’

Officials had hoped to be able to provide more details Sunday night.

The wounded man was airlifted by HALO-flight to Spohn Shoreline hospital in Corpus Christi (pictured), Brandley said, with his current condition unknown

The wounded man was airlifted by HALO-flight to Spohn Shoreline hospital in Corpus Christi (pictured), Brandley said, with his current condition unknown

The wounded man was airlifted by HALO-flight to Spohn Shoreline hospital in Corpus Christi (pictured), Brandley said, with his current condition unknown

The shooting occurred at a home on Wilburn Street in Taft, which is located 12 miles (19 kilometers) north of Corpus Christi

The shooting occurred at a home on Wilburn Street in Taft, which is located 12 miles (19 kilometers) north of Corpus Christi

The shooting occurred at a home on Wilburn Street in Taft, which is located 12 miles (19 kilometers) north of Corpus Christi

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