A man on his way to court with family members opened fire outside a southeast Texas courthouse, killing one person and wounding at least three others, police said.
Investigators said it was too early to say if those shot by Bartholomew Granger, 41, just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. An elderly woman was killed.
The gunman was spotted driving down a street in front of the courthouse firing his weapon.
After a wild exchange of gunfire, Granger raced into a business where he took several people hostage. He later released them on the condition he could get medical treatment after he surrendered.
“It was a crazy scene,” Beaumont Police Chief Jimmy Singletary said at a press conference Wednesday afternoon. “He was shooting, we were shooting. This was a classic shootout that our guys handled well.”
Granger was scheduled to have been in court on a charge of sexual assault of a child. It was about the time of his scheduled court appearance that shooting broke out.
“The guy was riding down the street firing,” Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Zena Stephens said. “The guy passed by and started shooting and officers returned fire.”
The courthouse was evacuated. There were a lot of (shell) casings out there, I can tell you that,” Stephens said.
Details for this story were provided by The Port Arthur (Texas) News.