Six killed in Texas roller rink shooting

AUSTIN, Texas Sun Jul 24, 2011 12:06pm IST

Police officers stand outside of the Roller World Forum were five people were murdered in Grand Prairie, Texas July 23, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Stone

Police officers stand outside of the Roller World Forum were five people were murdered in Grand Prairie, Texas July 23, 2011.

Credit: Reuters/Mike Stone

Related Topics

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A gunman opened fire at a family birthday party at a Texas roller skating rink late on Saturday, killing five people and wounding four before turning the gun on himself, police said.

Police were called to Forum Roller World in Grand Prairie, about 20 miles (16 km) west of Dallas, at 7:10 p.m., police department spokesman John Brimmer said.

An unidentified man had drawn a gun during an argument and opened fire, shooting five people dead and wounding four others, and then shot himself, Brimmer said.

A family group had rented the entire rink for the evening to celebrate a child's birthday, he said. All the dead and wounded were teenagers and adults attending the gathering.

"This was a domestic situation that went south in a hurry." Brimmer told Reuters. "The shooting lasted only seconds."

The wounded were hospitalized but their condition was not immediately known, Brimmer said.

Killings are rare in the community of 160,000 people, the police spokesman said. "For something like this to happen is just horrible," he said.

(Reporting by Eric Johnson; Editing by Tim Gaynor)

FILED UNDER:
Comments (0)
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.

  • Most Popular
  • Most Shared

Plane Crash

REUTERS SHOWCASE

Development Report

Development Report

U.N. urges sustained effort to improve flagging development.  Full Article 

Downed Plane

Downed Plane

"Weeks or months" until Malaysian remains from MH17 can be returned home - PM.  Full Article 

Food Scandal

Food Scandal

China probes 581 firms, restaurants as food safety scare spreads.  Full Article 

Plane Crash

Plane Crash

Taiwan says weather not seen as cause of plane crash that killed 48.  Full Article 

Fighting Polio

Fighting Polio

Nigeria may have no polio cases next year, says Bill Gates.  Full Article 

Health Study

Health Study

Paracetamol no better than placebo for low back pain, study finds.  Full Article 

Strategic Plans

Strategic Plans

China plans railway to India, Nepal borders by 2020.  Full Article 

Leaving Russia

Leaving Russia

Disenchanted with Putin, some Russians vote with their feet.  Full Article 

Reuters India Mobile

Reuters India Mobile

Get the latest news on the go. Visit Reuters India on your mobile device.  Full Coverage