SPRING, Texas -- Authorities are investigating a report of a disturbance Sunday night outside the memorial for a Spring High School student, who was stabbed to death last week.
According the Harris County Sheriff's Office, tensions escalated at the Spring Baptist Church, which was packed full of people for a memorial honoring Joshua Broussard. Broussard, 17, was stabbed to death last week during an altercation at the school.
The church is located in the 1000 block of Spring Cypress.
Alleged members of the Brown Pride Gang were escorted out of the church and then there were reports of a huge melee breaking out in the parking lot with up to eight gunshots fired.
There were no reports of any injuries or arrests. HSCO and the Spring ISD Police are investigating the incident.
“Everyone just got into a panic attack and started running..everybody was falling trying to duck..because somebody says they saw a gun," Taylor Harris, a friend of Broussard, said.
Harris said she and other attendees hid in a storage closet as people ran in every direction.
"Several gunshots were fired but no one was hit as of right now.. that we know of and no arrests have been made," Sgt. Milton Coker, with sheriff's office said.
Witnesses said the brawl involved as many as 40 people, interrupting a sacred moment in the remembrance of Broussard.
Deputies believe it started after an alleged Brown Pride member was seen inside the church.
"They had nothing to do up in here.. none of their people was in here…they’re the ones that took Joshua’s life.. they don’t belong up in here," Brandon Odom, a friend of Broussard, said. “If somebody came to your funeral that killed you, your people would feel bad too. Everyone’s trying to come up in here. That’s disrespectful."
Hours earlier, community leaders gathered outside Spring High School to address gang problems and the racial divide between African American and Latino students. Activists joined hands pleading for the tension to stop.
“Evidently, some smart crooked deceptive spirit has come into our community and come into our children and they have us thinking we’re so different we should be violent toward one another," Deric Muhammad, a community activist, said.
And on the eve of the first day back at school there’s proof that the fighting isn’t over.
"Hopefully, they’ll find God and find a way to make a better chance. Just pray for Spring and everybody that goes to Spring tomorrow morning," Joe Belir, a cousin of Broussard, said.