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Police: 5 shot at Texas Halloween party by man dressed as Freddy Krueger

SAN ANTONIO -- A Halloween party in San Antonio, Texas, turned violent overnight when a man dressed as Freddy Krueger pulled a gun from his costume and opened fire on the crowd, shooting five people, CBS affiliate KENS reported

According to police, around 5 a.m. Sunday morning, a group of males showed up to a Halloween party and started causing trouble. One of the men, dressed as Freddy Krueger, then opened fire, shooting five people. 

Freddy Kruger is the horrifically-scarred, homicidal villain of the “Nightmare on Elm Street” movies.

Officials said that three of the victims were taken to the hospital, KENS reported. According to police, one of the victims tried to drive her car to the hospital, but crashed it on the way. 

Violence also broke out at a Halloween party in New York over the weekend. 

Authorities said gunfire at a Halloween party killed two women and also left five people injured.

Police said none of the wounded have life-threatening injuries. The dead women have been identified as 20-year-old Tabitha Cruz and 18-year-old Omani Free, both of Newburgh, 70 miles north of New York City.

The shooting happened shortly before 1 a.m. Sunday inside an apartment building. Authorities said they’re looking for a suspect or suspects, who fled the scene.

Free’s mother said the teen decided to go to the party at the last minute when a friend became available and otherwise would have been getting ready to go home around the time of the gunfire. 

Rhonda Valentine-Free said she had left home for her own social engagement and didn’t know her daughter had decided to go to the party. She said she and her husband first got word that something had happened when a friend of their 15-year-old son who had been at the party called to say their daughter had been shot. She said they went to a hospital, where their daughter died hours later.

“She was a sweet girl,” Valentine-Free said. “She was my chocolate baby.”

She said her daughter had gone to a party in another section of the building before without incident. 

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