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Boozy Graduation Party Erupts in Gunfire, Tragedy

1 dead, 8 injured amid chaos at Alabama high school graduation party
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted May 19, 2019 5:37 AM CDT
Evidence is marked at the scene of a shooting in this file photo.   (Nick Tomecek/Northwest Florida Daily News via AP)

(Newser) – A boozy Alabama high school graduation party turned tragic early Saturday, with shots fired that left one man dead and eight other people injured, reports WKRG. Authorities say that a fight broke out around 2am between two women at the party that drew hundreds to the old Escambia County Middle School, now a community center, leading to the gunfire. Police are searching for two suspects, but don't believe there is a risk of further danger. The dead man has not been identified, notes the AP. Escambia County High School Principal Dennis Fuqua noted that earlier in the day, "our seniors experienced the high of obtaining 8.6 million dollars in scholarships," yet, "by night we all felt the pangs of tragedy." (Read more shooting stories.)

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