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Shootings injure partygoers at Texas campus event

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  • Shootings wound six at Texas Southern University community block party
  • Injuries serious, but not life-threatening, TSU spokeswoman says
  • Authorities think Houston-area rival gangs were involved
  • No arrests yet; police questioning people
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(CNN) -- Gunshots at a community block party on a Houston, Texas, college campus overnight wounded six, and it's believed the shootings were gang-related, a school official said Thursday.

At least six people were wounded Wednesday night at Texas Southern University. The injuries were serious, but not life-threatening, TSU spokeswoman Eva Pickens told CNN. At least one of the injured was a TSU student, she said.

Pickens said no one has been arrested, but police are questioning people.

She said authorities believe Houston-area rival gangs, one from Fresno and the other from Missouri City, communities near Houston, were involved.

The violence erupted at what was billed as a privately sponsored community-wide event with many activities. Local rapper Trae Thompson performed, school supplies were handed out, and people were tested for HIV.

Pickens told CNN on Thursday that someone in a car opened fire at a parking lot where people congregated as the event was breaking up. CNN affiliates reported shootings off-campus as well.

"It's unfortunate that this happened," Pickens said. "It was a really, really great event."

As many as 5,000 to 6,000 people attended, Pickens said.

"When you have these open events like that, you never know what will happen," she said.

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