^
Keep Houston Press Free
4

Joshua McMackle, 18, Bayou Body Count No. 84

Police are scrambling to find out who fired the shots that killed a Texas Southern University student at a party over the weekend.

Joshua McMackle, an 18-year-old freshman, was gunned down early Saturday morning at a large street party held along the 3700 block of Wheeler, one block west of the University of Houston campus and about five blocks east of TSU.

The crowded party began Friday night following TSU's annual Spring Fest and lasted into the wee hours Saturday when someone started shooting. Police say that McMackle was amongst the hundreds of partiers when he was struck with a bullet to the back.

McMackle ran down the street after being shot but collapsed in a nearby yard. Police say he was rushed to Memorial Hermann Hospital, where he died.

Police are still piecing together clues but say the gunman got into a fight that spilled out into the middle of the street just before he began blasting away. At least 10 shots were reportedly fired.

I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Houston and help keep the future of Houston Press free.

Another man was also shot, wounded in the ankle, but he was treated and released by the hospital.

McMackle, who reportedly graduated last year from a military prep school in Virginia, chose TSU for a special music program that the school offers to gifted students.TSU has claimed that the party was not sponsored by the university.

Investigators have not yet said whether McMackle was randomly shot or if they believe the unknown shooter specifically targeted the freshman.

Anyone with information about this case can call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

Keep the Houston Press Free... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Houston with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the Press community and help support independent local journalism in Houston.

 

Join the Press community and help support independent local journalism in Houston.