1 dead, 13 injured in shooting at vigil in Texas: Officials

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A woman was killed and 13 people were injured when a drive-by shooting erupted at a candlelight vigil Sunday evening in a suburb of Houston, officials said.

An unidentified gunman opened fire on a crowd of about 50 people, including children, participating in a celebration of life for a recent homicide victim in Baytown, a community about 25 miles east of Houston, Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said at a news conference near the scene of the shooting.

A Harris County sheriff's sergeant told ABC station KTRK in Houston that a mother was holding a vigil for her son who was killed at his home a couple of weeks ago. Gonzalez said the shooting happened around 6:40 p.m.

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"Right as they were releasing the balloons up in the air was when the vehicle came, and almost at that exact time is when they opened fire into the crowd, " Gonzalez said.

PHOTO: The crime scene is blocked off by police tape as police mark the evidence near Houston, Baytown, Texas, Dec. 12, 2021. (Reginald Mathalone/NurPhoto via Shutterstock)
PHOTO: The crime scene is blocked off by police tape as police mark the evidence near Houston, Baytown, Texas, Dec. 12, 2021. (Reginald Mathalone/NurPhoto via Shutterstock)

On Monday morning, Gonzalez identified the woman killed in the shooting as Disha Allen, who he said was in her mid-20s.

He said three of the people wounded were in critical condition.

Sidney Williams, a witness who attended the vigil, told KTRK he heard 20 to 30 gunshots.

"People were screaming and running to their cars," Williams said.

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Witnesses said two of the victims who were shot were a pastor and his wife who were in attendance at the vigil, according to KTRK.

PHOTO: Police arrive at the crime scene of shooting Near Houston, Baytown, Texas, Dec. 12, 2021. (Reginald Mathalone/NurPhoto via Shutterstock)
PHOTO: Police arrive at the crime scene of shooting Near Houston, Baytown, Texas, Dec. 12, 2021. (Reginald Mathalone/NurPhoto via Shutterstock)

Gonzalez said many of the shooting victims were taken in private cars to an area hospital, where a fight broke out and required sheriff's deputies to intervene.

The sheriff said no arrests have been made. He said the assailant or assailants were in a small, dark-colored sedan.

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He said a motive for the shooting remains under investigation.

"Bullets don't have eyes," Gonzalez said, "so it puts everyone at risk."

ABC News' Marilyn Heck contributed to this report.

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