A man who police say shot and killed a woman and wounded three others in front of the Jefferson County Courthouse Wednesday morning is held on bonds totaling $4,000,000.
Police say the shooter, Bartholomew Granger, 41, of Houston, was on trial the day of the shooting. Officers say two of the victims were witnesses in the trial.
Investigators say after Granger shot his victims, he fled to R.C.I., a nearby business, on Neches Street. He briefly took hostages, but was overpowered by employees. A statement issued by police says the employees were "...instrumental in taking Granger into custody." After the men apprehended Granger they opened a large steel door that officers say they would have had difficulty breaching.
Officers say Granger was on trial for a sexual assault. The trial started Tuesday and testimony was to take place Wednesday when the shooting happened.
Police held a news conference Thursday morning in which they said Granger's sexual assault trial has been placed on hold. Police Thursday also confirmed that Minnie Ray Seabolt, 79, of Deweyville, was shot and killed by a bullet fired by Granger. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Investigators said Seabolt was at the courthouse helping a friend when the shooting happened.
Granger's daughter is among the victims. Police say after Granger shot her, he ran over her with his vehicle. She is identified as Samantha Jackson, 20. She remains in the hospital in critical condition.
Jackson's mother was also shot.
Police say the other two victims have already been treated and released from the hospital.
A judge set a $3,000,000 bond on Granger's charge of murder and a $1,000,000 bond for the charge of aggravated sexual assault.
The Jefferson County Courthouse will remain closed Thursday as authorities continue their investigation.
Seven Beaumont Police Officers and two Jefferson County Deputies who engaged Granger with gun fire and are currently on administrative leave. A police spokesperson says the officers were not injured in the incident.
U.S. Congressman Ted Poe issued the following statement:
"I am deeply saddened by the shooting in Beaumont today. My thoughts and prayers go out to the families and the loved ones of the innocent bystanders who lost their lives, and I am praying for a speedy recovery for those who are wounded. As for the shooter, I hope that justice is swift and punishment is harsh."
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