An early morning shooting at a Halloween party in Newburgh, New York, left two young women dead and five others injured, according to police.
Officers were called to the scene just after midnight Sunday. Several hours later, the search for a gunman, or gunmen, remained underway, Newburgh police stated in a release.
Police identified Tabitha Cruz, 20, and Omani Free, 18, both from Newburgh, as the two victims who were fatally shot at a building on Broadway.
Free’s father, Omar, struggled to make sense of what happened after getting the news of his daughter’s death.
“She was just at a party, and the next thing I find out, I get a phone call saying my daughter got shot in the head,” he told CBS New York. “I’m devastated right now. It’s hard. She’s my oldest daughter.”
The five other shooting victims are expected to recover from their injuries, police said.
Anyone with information is urged to contact the City of Newburgh Police at 845-561-3131.
This story has been updated to include information from Newburgh police.