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Arrests made in fatal Cypress house party shooting

HOUSTON (KTRK) -- Two men are in custody in connection to Saturday night's deadly house party in the Cypress area of northwest Harris County, according to officials.

Willie Young, 21, and Randy Stewart, 18, were arrested this morning. Young is charged with deadly conduct while Stewart is charged with aggravated assault. Charges could be upgraded. At this point, we don't know what led authorities to the pair. We're working to gather new details now.

The shooting happened just before 11pm Saturday at a home in the 7300 block of Enchanted Creek Drive near FM 529.

A 16-year-old girl was one of the victims killed in the mass shooting. Her identity has not been released yet. But we do know the other victim was a 17-year-old male who attended Morton Ranch High School in Katy.

Queric Richardson, 17, died after being shot. His 16-year-old brother, Kenneth Guidry, was also shot while trying to save him, but survived.

 According to the Harris County Sheriff's Office, nearly 100 people were at the Cypress area house around 11pm on Saturday night when a shooter opened fire in the crowd. All of the people in attendance were either young adults or teens and they were there celebrating the 18th birthday of Mariah Bolden who lives at the home.

 "I just don't want anyone to push things under the rug thinking he (my son) was a bad person and bad people deserve bad things," said Richardson's father, Lawrence Guidry. "My son was a good person. He was my best friend."

As for the survivors of this mass shooting, 18 people suffered gunshot wounds, those injuries varying in severity. A 19th victim suffered a broken leg.

Officials tell us when the shots were fired, the partygoers started running for their lives, even jumping out of second story windows.

A SCHOOL DISTRICT RESPONDS

Authorities said most of the guests at the party were high school students from the Cypress area.

Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District officials tell us they plan to address the shooting Monday.

The district issued the following statement on Sunday: 
"We are saddened to learn of the tragic shooting that occurred in a neighborhood close to one of our schools last night. We have very limited information available at this time as the Harris County Sheriff's Office (HCSO) is still conducting its investigation. The Cypress-Fairbanks Police Department (CFPD) and district administrators are working closely with HCSO to obtain accurate information and to determine if any of our students were involved. District administration and CFPD are in the process of developing a plan of action for the next few days. Tomorrow, the district crisis management team, counselors and additional security will be on identified campuses to assist staff and students. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families that have been impacted by this tragedy."

A BIRTHDAY PARTY GONE WILD

According to HCSO, guests were there to celebrate the 18th birthday of Mariah Boulden, who lives in the home. Officials said Boulden's mother was there as well.

Sheriff Garcia said the problems began when party organizers took to social media to promote the event.

"Anytime you promote a birthday party on social media, you have no control over who to expect at your door," Garcia said. "What it does is indicate, that your saying to the social media world, 'I don't know who you are, but you're invited.' That's not a good practice."

Authorities said there was no provocation and no evidence of a confrontation. The initial shot was reportedly fired in celebration, which caused someone to react and fire randomly into the crowd.

"It is just a horrible combination of immaturity, access to a firearm and the inability to control oneself," Garcia said.

As the gunfire erupted, guests fled the home in a panicked rush to escape.

We talked to a young man who was at the party, who asked us not to show his face. He described moments of sheer terror as bullets went flying and people were scrambling to get away.

"I'm by, like, the garage and the door with the other people. And I'm telling and pushing everybody like, 'Move to the garage,'" he told us. "Because I looked, and I could see him coming toward the door."

The garage door is now bowed out. That's where deputies say people were pushing, trying frantically to get out of the house.

The anonymous witness said the shooting went on for three to five minutes. When it ended, he walked by two young people who had been shot, trying to get to safety.

"I saw one guy. He was lying on the floor with blood leaking out of his mouth and off his body and stuff," the witness said. "And I saw another girl on the floor, and she looked like she was in shock, but she was also bleeding."

The birthday girl said she was outside when the commotion began.

"I was standing right there and all I heard was shooting," Boulden said. "So I ran toward the house, but the door was locked. So my cousin grabbed me and we ran down the street and called 911."

HCSO officials said investigators arrived within five minutes of receiving the call, and the sense of chaos remained.

"Victims lying everywhere, people running," HCSO Dep. Thomas Gilliland described. "Deputies were arriving, trying to figure out what happened, whether we had shooters on the ground, whether we had anyone with weapons still in the home."

THE INVESTIGATION CONTINUES

Sheriff Garcia said alcohol and drugs do not appear to have been a factor in the shootings, but the suspects may be gang-affiliated. No firearms have been recovered from the scene.

Boulden said she never expected this to happen at her birthday party.

"My brother and them were patting people down. [The suspects] didn't want to get patted down and they walked off. And then I guess they came back and went through the gate," Boulden said. "They weren't supposed to be here, whoever they were."

There is an active search underway for two unidentified suspects -- ages 17 and 22. Anyone with information is asked to call HCSO Homicide at 713-967-5810 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

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