HOUSTON - Exploding fireworks sound a lot like gunshots, but at one Fourth of July party, both were heard going off at once.
According to the Houston Police Department, three people were fatally shot west of downtown Houston while lighting up fireworks.
Sergeant D. Fontenot, HPD Homicide Division, says, "There was a large party out here people were gathered to watch the fireworks"
Sparkling lights were soon interrupted by flying bullets. Police say a few men drove by and started shooting up the celebration.
Houston rapper, Paul Wall, is taking to social media to voice his frustrations about the three lives lost, begging people to "put the guns down".
HPD says victims ages ranged from 26 to 29.
Social media was active mourning the victims. For now, the medical examiner has identified 26-year-old Jamal Dixon-Lackey. Two others were injured in the shooting including a 37-year-old male and 10-year-old boy. Currently, the two are recovering at a local hospital.
Sergeant D. Fontenot says, "They are expected to survive."
HPD is still investigating the motive behind the bullets disrupting this Independence Day bash.