A 20-year-old man was shot on a Galveston beach early Sunday morning after a large party devolved into a firefight, police said.

The shooting happened about 2 a.m. on Sunny Beach, Galveston Police Department spokesman Capt. Joshua Schirard said. Sunny Beach is at 8 Mile Road, and is one of the first beach access points west of the Galveston seawall. It’s a popular spot for large gatherings.

The police department learned of the shooting about 2:30 a.m., after being called by doctors at a University of Texas Medical Branch hospital, Schirard said.

Officers interviewed witnesses at the hospital who said the shooting happened during a fight between two large groups of people at the beach, Schirard said.

As members of one of the groups were driving away from the beach at least one person fired a gun, Schirard said. It’s possible that more than one weapon was fired, he said.

No one called authorities at the time, and the shooting victim was taken to the medical branch in a personal vehicle, Schirard said. He underwent surgery on Sunday morning and was in stable condition at the medical branch on Sunday afternoon, officials said.

Police found the crime scene and launched an investigation, but no one had been arrested by Sunday, Schirard said.

John Wayne Ferguson: 409-683-5226; or on Twitter @johnwferguson.


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