Tremaine Paul, 18, Bayou Body Count No. 43

A fight at an informal girls' football game at Worthing High turned into a deadly shooting last evening, Houston police say.

Tremaine Paul, 18, was shot at least once and was pronounced dead at the hospital; at least five other people were injured.

HPD says the fight began at the game about 6:30 p.m. A fistfight escalated into a shooting. Witnesses told the Houston Chronicle that a Ford Taurus pulled onto the football field at one point and someone began shooting. It's possible shots were returned from the crowd, too.

"Numerous individuals fled the scene before officers arrived and the five wounded males were later found to have gotten transportation to area hospitals," HPD says.

Police used the word "groups," not "gangs," to describe events:

At this time, it is not known if one group specifically came to fight the other or if the two groups just ended up at the same location. There were other groups also present along with friends who associate with them.

They ask anyone with information "and/or who fired a weapon" to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

HISD says it has taken steps to address the situation.

"We have an extra police presence at Worthing today," spokesman Norm Uhl says. "We will have a team of counselors on campus and we'll be sending a letter out to parents today."

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