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HOUSTON (AP) Three people were killed and two critically wounded after gunfire erupted inside a suburban Houston apartment Wednesday afternoon.

The shooting happened about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Sunbury Downs Apartments in an unincorporated area 25 miles northwest of downtown Houston.

A young man and two young women died after each was shot multiple times, including in the head, and another man and woman were airlifted to Memorial Hermann-Texas Trauma Institute in Houston with similar gunshot wounds, said Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia Both were in critical condition, and detectives were at the hospital awaiting a chance to interview the two, he said.

He said the victims were in their late teens to early 20s and that their names would not be released until their families could be notified.

"It's a waste of human life that we're talking tonight once again about young people who will not get to fulfill the promise that they were born with," Garcia said.

Deputies have no description of the gunman. Witnesses say a man shot the victims inside the one-bedroom downstairs apartment, closed the apartment door and fled, Garcia said.

All of those shot were seated when the gunfire started, he said. There were no signs of forced entry or struggle.

Garcia said investigators found firearms and a substance that appeared to be an illegal drug inside the apartment. He did not specify.

There was no evidence that anyone besides the shooter was armed and fired any shots, the sheriff said. No motive has been established and it was unclear how many of the victims lived at the apartment.

Neighbors heard no sounds indicating a struggle or other disturbance before the shots, Garcia said.

The shooting happened in a cluster of apartment complexes. Terry Noisom said she has been a tenant in a neighboring complex for 13 years and has seen an increase in drug activity and car break-ins in recent years.

"It's gotten bad," she said.

The shooting came 10 days after one at a house party in Cypress, another unincorporated area nearby. That shooting, which happened about seven miles from the apartment shooting, left two teenagers dead and 19 others injured. An 18-year-old man has been charged.