Woman shot by stray bullet after fight breaks out at quinceanera party

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Monday, April 7, 2014 - 9:50am

Houston police are searching for two armed men who opened fire at a 15 year-old's birthday party. A woman was injured after she was struck by a stray bullet, Gianna Caserta reports.

Colorful decorations and bullet holes are left behind after chaos erupts at a quinceanera. Party goers are left in shock after someone started shooting.

Joe Torres, Witness, "It's messed up. I mean, this is my first time ever being involved in something like this. I just never thought I'd be put in a situation like this where - I mean, I was kinda close like the trajectory of the bullet."

Police say it was here at the Royal Court II rental hall where a 15 year-old girl was celebrating her birthday with family and friends.

According to police, two groups of men who were inside the party got into an argument and started fighting.

Joe Torres, "There was some arguments going on outside, yeah. So something must have happened with whoever was hanging outside."

One of the groups was asked to leave, which they did, but a little while later, police say that group came back, seeking revenge.

The mother of the birthday girl, who was hosting the party, went to the front door to see what was happening.

That's when police say a man in a black or dark colored truck pulled up outside and started shooting.

Joe Torres, "I was inside. We heard like at least 10, 12 shots go off. ba ba ba ba ba, like a drive-by shooting."

A bullet went through the glass and hit the woman in her abdomen.

Joe Torres, "She was minding her own business. She wanted to see what was going on and and, unfortunately, she got shot."

She was transported to Hermann Hospital in serious but stable condition.

Officers do not believe she was the target, but instead an innocent bystander who got in the line of fire, Joe Torres, "She was not the victim. I know she wasn't. She's a nice, sweet mother.

The woman is expected to recover.

The suspects got away before police arrived.

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