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OKLAHOMA CITY – Police are asking for help in what they are calling a “truly sad case” that left an Oklahoma City teen permanently paralyzed.

Around 1 a.m. Sunday, a group friends were leaving a high school party at N.E. OKC Community & Cultural Center in the 3800 block of N. Kelley, when the unthinkable happened.

Four teenagers were inside of a car that was pulling into a convenience store near N.E. 36th and Laird when they heard gunshots.

Two of the teens in the backseat had been shot.

Police say a 16-year-old boy who was shot was treated for minor injuries.

But a 17-year-old boy who was shot is now permanently paralyzed from the waist down.

Police say the kids are not associated with gang activity.

They told police that their group of friends did not have any altercations with anyone at the party.

“They were just a group of friends out having fun,” police said in a Facebook post.

The victims stated the suspect vehicle was either a black or blue car.

Officials believe the suspects possibly came from the party.

Anyone who was at the party that has information about the shooting is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (405)235-7300.

“We are pleading for the public’s help in a truly sad case. Saturday night/early Sunday morning there was a large high school party at NE OKC Community & Cultural Center (3815 N. Kelley). A group of six friends left the party in two cars at around 1:00a.m., one following the other. The rear car (a black 2009 Nissan Altima) had four of the friends in it. As they were driving to a nearby convenience store, the friends heard the sound of gunfire near NE 36th/Laird Ave and realized the two male occupants in the back seat had been shot. They rushed their friends to the hospital. The 16-year old victim was treated for minor injuries, but the 17-year old victim is now permanently paralyzed from the waist down.

These kids are not associated with gang activity, and according to them had no altercations with anyone at the party. They were just a group of friends out having fun. The victims stated the suspect vehicle was either a black or blue car and it is believed the suspects possibly came from the party. If ANYONE who was at the party has information about this shooting, please call Crime Stoppers at 405/235-7300 or submit a tip online at OKCCrimeTips.com (Case #18-016487)”