Officials confirmed that one person was killed and four were wounded early Sunday in a Houston-area shooting believed to involve an AK-47 assault rifle. The Harris County sheriff’s office said that multiple people appeared to get out of a vehicle and open fire toward patrons outside the Lounge 33 nightclub in Harris County about 2 a.m. local time. Three women and two men were wounded by gunfire. One of the men died, and the other four victims were taken to a local hospital.

Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said at a news conference: “It looks like over 50 shots were fired here, which is a very scary situation considering there’s a mobile food truck here and, again, the number of patrons that were outside. Two men and three women were wounded in the shooting. One of the men died, while the four surviving victims were hospitalized.”  Gonzalez added:  “It appears at least one AK-47 was utilized, so it’s pretty potent stuff that we’re seeing out here on the streets … If the information is correct that somebody exited from a vehicle and began opening fire, then that’s probably a good indicator that they were coming with purpose and maybe it was targeted at somebody. Maybe there was some type of beef before inside the club that later spilled out, but at this point we don’t know that.”

None of the victims have been publicly identified, and officials haven’t announced any arrests. Since many witnesses left the scene after the shooting, the sheriff is asking that any witnesses with pertinent information to come forward to assist in the investigation.

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