A shooting this weekend at a birthday party erupts in gunfire and causes extra police to be brought in to Katy’s Morton Ranch High School today. The shooting happened Saturday night at a birthday party near Fry road and FM 529 in Cypress and students from that school were in attendance.
Just before midnight someone at the party shot a handgun in the air in celebration, according to the Harris County Sheriff’s Department. Someone else reacted to the gunfire and began firing into a crowd of about 100 people. Two unidentified teens were killed and almost two dozen more were wounded. Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia said they are looking for 2 shooters but would not release the names of the suspects or the victims.
Morton High School in Katy learned that there were students from that school at the party at will have extra Katy I-S-D police officers on campus today as a precaution. The school said they did not know if the students at the party were among the victims but would also have counselors on site to help any student who may need it. The principal of Morton High sent a letter to parents this weekend, and a copy of that letter can be seen below:
Dear Morton Ranch High School Community,
Throughout the day today, local media has been reporting on a tragic shooting that took place late Saturday night at a birthday party in the Cypress area near Fry Road and FM 529. This morning we learned that several Morton Ranch High School students were in attendance. While names are circulating on social media, officials with Harris County have yet to release positive identification of any victims. We will keep you informed should we learn that any of the victims are Morton Ranch students.
Counselors will be on campus first thing Monday morning to help students who may have been impacted by this weekend’s shooting. We are doing everything that we can to help our students and staff through this experience.
We are also aware that there are rumors circulating as to the circumstances surrounding this shooting. At this time investigators have not released any details as to a motive. Nevertheless, on Monday morning additional officers from the Katy ISD Police Department will be on campus to provide an extra sense of security for our students and staff. We are also available to address any safety concerns that you or your child would like to share.
If you have any concerns regarding your child’s reaction to this incident, please contact your child’s teacher, school counselor or any member of the administrative staff. Thank you for your concern and support during this difficult time.
Lee Crews, Principal Morton Ranch High School