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Authorities drop charge against 1 man initially ID'd as gunman in deadly Texas party shooting

  • FILE - In this Nov. 10, 2013 file photo, family and friends console each other outside a home in Cypress, Texas, the morning after two people were killed and 19 were injured when gunfire rang out at a house party. Willie Young, 21, and Randy Stewart, 18, were arrested in connection with the shooting Monday, Nov. 1, 2013 according to the Harris County Sheriff's Office. Young is charged with deadly conduct while Stewart is charged with aggravated assault. (AP Photo/Bob Levey, File)

    FILE - In this Nov. 10, 2013 file photo, family and friends console each other outside a home in Cypress, Texas, the morning after two people were killed and 19 were injured when gunfire rang out at a house party. Willie Young, 21, and Randy Stewart, 18, were arrested in connection with the shooting Monday, Nov. 1, 2013 according to the Harris County Sheriff's Office. Young is charged with deadly conduct while Stewart is charged with aggravated assault. (AP Photo/Bob Levey, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Nov. 10, 2013 file photo, people gather at  a home in Cypress, Texas, the morning after two people were killed and 19 were injured when gunfire rang out at a house party there.Willie Young, 21, and Randy Stewart, 18, were arrested in connection with the shooting Monday, Nov. 1, 2013 according to the Harris County Sheriff's Office. Young is charged with deadly conduct while Stewart is charged with aggravated assault. (AP Photo/Bob Levey, File)

    FILE - In this Nov. 10, 2013 file photo, people gather at a home in Cypress, Texas, the morning after two people were killed and 19 were injured when gunfire rang out at a house party there.Willie Young, 21, and Randy Stewart, 18, were arrested in connection with the shooting Monday, Nov. 1, 2013 according to the Harris County Sheriff's Office. Young is charged with deadly conduct while Stewart is charged with aggravated assault. (AP Photo/Bob Levey, File)  (The Associated Press)

A charge of deadly conduct has been dropped against one of the men initially identified by authorities as responsible for a burst of gunfire at a weekend house party in suburban Houston that left two teenagers dead.

Authorities said Tuesday that 21-year-old Willie Young was among the more than 100 people who attended the birthday party in Cypress. But they say he was released from custody after police interviews with partygoers contradicted earlier witnesses who claimed they saw Young fire a weapon.

Eighteen-year-old Randy Stewart remains in custody in connection to the shooting late Saturday. He's charged with aggravated assault.

Harris County officials say they're seeking at least two other suspects in the shooting that also left 19 others injured.

Authorities believe gangs played a role in the shooting.