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At least three people are dead and 27 were injured in shootings at Halloween parties across the country this weekend, authorities confirmed

In an overnight shooting at a suburban Chicago Halloween party, two people were killed and more than a dozen were injured, authorities said Sunday. A patrol sergeant heard roughly a dozen gunshots after 12:30 a.m. in Joliet, Illinois, which is about 45 miles southwest of Chicago, according to the Will County Sheriff’s Office. 

The sergeant went to a home and found more than 100 people fleeing a party. Additional officers arrived and found victims in the backyard and at nearby homes, and more shots were heard nearby, authorities said. 

The Will County Sheriff’s Office said more than a dozen people were hospitalized. Two were confirmed dead and four others were seriously hurt. Police estimated about 200 people attended a Halloween party at the home and the shooting occurred outside near a DJ booth set up in the backyard. 

Authorities said it appeared the shooting happened from “an elevated position on a porch looking down over the crowd.”

In eastern Texas, a shooting late Saturday left a 20-year-old man dead and nine wounded. Around 200 people were at a party at an event center in Texarkana, Texas, when gunfire erupted, according to police. The suspected shooter, Keuntae McElroy, 21, of Texarkana, Arkansas, turned himself in Sunday morning. 

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Meanwhile, four people were shot and wounded in a large house party in Albuquerque, New Mexico around 1 a.m. Saturday, according to police. The victims at the party suffered gunshot wounds to their legs, although police said none of the injuries were life-threatening.

Albuquerque Police Chief Harold Medina said it’s the second time in two months that large house parties resulted in a barrage of gunfire.

A 19-year-old woman told police she was shot in the left leg at a Halloween party in a shopping center in Columbus, Ohio. No arrests have been made in connection to the shooting. 

In Pasadena, California, north of Los Angeles, police were looking for three men after a fight at a Halloween party left multiple people injured, including a woman who was shot. A few hundred people attended the party at a commercial building. 

At around 2:30 a.m. Saturday, one woman was shot once and another was struck with the blunt end of a pistol after a fight broke out among a group of people, said Pasadena police Lt. Mario Ortiz. 

The three men suspected in the shooting fled the scene, injuring a few others as they left, Ortiz said. 

ABC7 reported in 2019 that the city of Los Angeles sees an average of about 150 more crimes on Halloween than on a normal day, a 26% increase, according to 2014-2018 data from the Los Angeles Police Department.