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.

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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)

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