Vidor police identify 46-year-old man as victim of Fourth of July homicide

A 46-year-old Vidor man has been identified as the victim in a fatal shooting Tuesday night in Vidor.

VIDOR - A 46-year-old Vidor man has been identified as the victim in a fatal shooting Tuesday night in Vidor.

Gregory Paul Goldsmith, of Vidor, was pronounced dead at the scene of the shooting in the 100 block of Carla Street at his home in Vidor according to a release from the Vidor Police Department.

Vidor Police know the identity of the 18-year-old shooter, who has been released and is cooperative, but have made no arrests and believe the shooting may have stemmed from a family dispute according to the release.

Chief Rod Carroll said the suspect told officers he acted out of self-defense and is cooperating with police.

"Everybody has the right to defend themselves, the question is, is the use of force justifiable in this situation and that is one of the keys we are trying to determine right now," said Chief Carroll.

Chief Carroll also told 12news he believes the suspect was dating the victim’s step-daughter. He added he thinks the suspect lived at the home with Goldsmith.  

Vidor Police officers and Orange County Sheriff's deputies responded to the scene after receiving reports of the shooting at about 8:17 p.m. and found the victim on his porch suffering from a gunshot wound.

When deputies arrived on the scene the victim was already being treated by medics from Acadian Ambulance who then declared the victim dead the release said.

A neighbor who lives down the street named Donnie Smith said he heard someone scream when he was heading back home with family.

“This lady jumped out in the middle of the road screaming and hollering in the road and then I heard a gunshot,” said Smith.

Other neighbors in the area like Crystal Vincent said this activity was unusual.

“All the kids were freaking out because they saw cops on the road,” said Smith. “We don’t really have any problems here it is a quiet neighborhood.”

Justice of the Peace Joy Dubose-Simonton later officially pronounced the victim dead at the scene.

Deputies on the scene detained the shooter and Vidor officers began the investigation and spoke to witnesses.

Police are awaiting toxicology and autopsy results as they continue their investigation.

 

 

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