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Shooting at toddler’s Texas birthday party leaves 4 dead: police

A dispute between members of two families at a toddler’s first birthday party in Texas erupted into gunfire, leaving four men dead and a fifth wounded, police confirmed Sunday.

The fight broke out Saturday evening in a house in the small town of Taft, on the Gulf Coast near the city of Corpus Christi, said Sergeant Nathan Brandley, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety.

In addition to the four men found dead at the scene, a fifth was evacuated by helicopter to a hospital in Corpus Christi, Brandley said in a briefing posted on social media. The man’s condition was unknown.

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Other details were scant. It was unclear what had touched off the dispute.

Brandley said the Texas Ranger law enforcement agency was leading an investigation.

Texas laws — including one that allows Texans to carry concealed weapons — make it one of the gun-friendliest states in the country.

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