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"Texting Party" Ends With One Teen Fatally Shot, Another Wounded

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NEW YORK (CBS/AP) Texting may not be the root of all evil, but police in Tucson, Ariz. say it did play a role in a party that ended in a fatal shooting early Sunday.

Authorities say the shooting occurred at a "texting party," which is when a group of people begin text messaging an address to more and more friends until a massive group of people, many of whom do not know each other, end up at the party.

Police say in this case, Carlos Birmingham, 19, was pronounced dead at the scene after police responded to a 911 call. A second man was shot with non-life-threatening injuries, Tuscon police told the Arizona Daily Star.

Police Spokesman Sgt. Fabian Pacheco told the Star that these types of texting parties are becoming more and more common in Tuscon.

"It's like when people used to tail each other from the bar to a party after the bar closed, except now they are texting," he told the paper.

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  • Sammy Saltzman

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