Man dressed as Santa Claus allegedly shoots 4 at Halloween party

Posted at 11:09 AM, Oct 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-30 11:09:41-04

AUSTIN, TX (KEYE/CNN) - It was a horrifying scene at a Halloween party in Texas early Sunday morning when a man dressed as Santa Claus opened fire. 

The shooting left four people hurt, and one witness said the man who pulled the trigger was an invited guest. 

Two of the victims suffered critical, life-threatening injuries. A third person was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, and a fourth was treated at the scene. 

Police say when they got there, they found the shooter still dressed as Santa Claus at another location just down the block from the shooting.

Police have not said what charges the shooter will face. 

Tim Kaupas, a neighbor who was one of several people at that house party, said the woman who threw the party - a close friend - was one of the victims.

"It was a good party. She always has good parties. There's never anybody aggressive that comes over. Like I said, she was a victim of gun violence. It was very unnecessary," Kaupas said.

He said he spoke with the shooter earlier that night and had no idea something like this might happen.

"He's always been very cordial to us. He's always been very stable to us," Kaupas said. "I don't want to be like that person who says I never saw it coming, but you know, like I said, he never showed any signs to me."

He said, luckily for him, he left hours before the shooting started.

Another neighbor who didn't want to go on camera said he heard yelling before gunshots rang out. 

"I heard like a loud belligerent male voice. It sounded like he was kind of angry and talking a little bit of smack," he said.

He said he nearly got involved in the confrontation.

"I was hoping that, like, he didn't do anything in my yard, I was maybe thinking that I would have to come out," he said.

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