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Drive-by shooting at Texas Southern U. may be gang-related

July 23, 2009

Six people were shot Wednesday night on the Texas Southern University campus in Houston during an event recognizing a Houston area rapper.

It is suspected that the shootings, which occurred at about 8:30 p.m., were gang-related. 

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

The event was advertised as a free family block party in celebration of the second "Trae Day," featuring live performances, train rides, pony rides, face painting as well as testing for HIV and sexually transmitted diseases and free school supplies.

The event was scheduled for 3-9 p.m., in the parking lot of the TSU stadium. The rapper was scheduled to be joined by U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee and City Council members Peter Brown and Ron Green, as well as numerous music and sports celebrities.

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