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Drive-by shooting wounds 6 on campus

GUNFIRE on the Texas Southern University campus in the United States wounded six people and scattered the crowd at a community rally, and police were investigating yesterday whether a gang rivalry was behind the drive-by shooting.

People were gathered on Wednesday night at the event that included a Houston rapper's performance when a car drove by and shots sprayed out from the vehicle, school spokeswoman Eva Pickens said, citing witness statements to police.

The sound of gunfire made people drop to the pavement of the parking lot where the rally was being held to promote community service and voter registration.

Peter Role, a music promoter, told the Houston Chronicle that he heard what sounded "like the Fourth of July."

"We heard some gunshots and everybody was hitting the ground," Role said.

Six people, including a male student, were being treated for injuries that were serious but not life-threatening, Pickens said.

Campus police believe the violence resulted from a rivalry between two gangs, one from Missouri City, a suburb southwest of Houston, and the other from Fresno, a town outside Missouri City, she said.

Before the violence, Houston City Councilman Peter Brown and US Representative Sheila Jackson Lee made appearances at the event billed as a "family block party," and local rapper Trae the Truth performed songs.

Texas Southern is a historically black university with around 10,000 students.


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