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Person of interest in custody following weekend of shootings in Port Arthur

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Telly Joyce, 18, of Port Arthur (Photo: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office) Telly Joyce, 18, of Port Arthur (Photo: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office)
PORT ARTHUR -

Port Arthur police have a man in custody they say is a person of interest in one or more of the shootings that took place this past weekend in Port Arthur.

The man, identified by police as Telly Joyce, 18, of Port Arthur, is being held on a probation violation.  Investigators say Joyce was on the scene when Marcus 'Big Country' Senegal was shot and killed outside the Old School Shack on Houston Avenue early Saturday morning.

According to police, the shooting stemmed from an argument between two groups of men known as the East Side group and the West Side group. Officers say Joyce is affiliated with the West Side group, and that Senegal was the leader of the East Side group.

Joyce, currently on probation for 3 separate aggravated robberies, is not being charged in the shooting at this time. However police hope his arrest will be a warning to others.

"He's the first West Side guy to go to jail," said Port Arthur Police Officer Marcelo Molfino Tuesday afternoon. "There's an East Side guy going to jail probably tomorrow (Wednesday), and if they start realizing that they're going to lose their numbers because they're going to be held accountable regardless of what crime they commit, hopefully this thing will settle down."

Police would not provide detail regarding Joyce's involvement in the shooting, but say he is cooperating with them in their investigation.

 

 

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