Grandfather and three grandsons shot dead at toddler’s birthday party

A grandfather and three of his grandsons were shot dead after an argument at a toddler’s birthday party escalated into violence.

The four men were involved in the shootout at the family gathering in South Texas, USA.

The incident happened at a 1st birthday party on Saturday afternoon in Taft, 12 miles north of Corpus Christi, the Texas Department of Public Safety said.

Sgt. Nathan Brandley said those involved were distant relatives but would not say what the men were arguing about. A fifth man was also wounded in the incident.

A 20-year-old man was in custody, Brandley said. The man’s 37-year-old father was also a suspect, but he had not yet been arrested.

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A fifth man is recovering in Corpus Christi Hospital

He identified those killed as 62-year-old Juan Espinoza Sr.; 20-year-old Juan Sandoval III; 22-year-old Jeremy Sandoval; and 25-year-old Nicky Sandoval.

He said the three younger men are grandsons to Juan Espinoza Sr. The wounded man, 43-year-old Juan Espinoza Jr., was airlifted to a Corpus Christi hospital. Brandley said he’s expected to survive.

 

 

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