Yoakum Community Center

The Yoakum Community Center is located at 105 Huck St.

Two people were shot in a parking lot early Sunday during an altercation after a quinceañera celebration in Yoakum.

As of Monday morning, there were no suspects, and one of the victims has said he does not want to pursue charges, said Yoakum Chief of Police Karl Van Slooten.

“We are still actively working this,” Van Slooten said. “If we can get any information, we would appreciate it.”

Just after 1 a.m. Sunday, Yoakum police responded to a report of shots fired in the parking lot of the Yoakum Community Center, Van Slooten said. Two people were found injured at the scene.

The first victim, a 21-year-old Yoakum man, was shot in the buttocks and transported to Citizens Medical Center in Victoria, where he was treated and released. That victim told investigators he did not want to pursue charges, Van Slooten said.

The second victim, a 26-year-old man, sustained injuries to his arm and abdomen and was transported to a hospital in Kyle, where he underwent surgery. He remained hospitalized Monday, but Van Slooten said his injuries were considered non-life-threatening.

The Lavaca County Sheriff’s Office was working security at the event, Van Slooten said. A “large number of people” were in the parking lot when police arrived. Thus far, no potential witnesses have cooperated with investigators.

At about the same time on Sunday, a Hallettsville man was killed at a party in rural Lavaca County. The Lavaca County Sheriff’s Office responded to that incident.

As far as Van Slooten could recall, this is the only shooting that has occurred in the community center’s parking lot during his six and a half years as police chief.

“This is not a normal occurrence,” he said.

Anyone with information about the Yoakum shooting is encouraged to call the Yoakum Police Department at 361-293-5234 or DeWitt County Crime Stoppers at 361-275-0880.

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