BEAUMONT, Texas — A contract worker for the city of Beaumont is recovering in a hospital Tuesday after a daylight shooting in a North End neighborhood, according to the Beaumont Police Department.
Officers reported to the scene around 4 p.m. in the 4500 block of Steelton Street and Wilson Street in reference to a shooting.
According to a preliminary investigation, City of Beaumont workers were in the North End area doing water and utilities work when they were approached by four to five armed men in hoodies, Beaumont Police officer Haley Morrow told 12News.
Shots were then fired at the city vehicle at the scene. A contract worker for the city sustained a non-life-threatening injury, Morrow said. The victim is in stable condition at St. Elizabeth Hospital.
Many people in the neighborhood heard the gunfire, but they didn't want to share their experience fearing for their own safety.
"My grandbabies come over. I’m scared to even let them come out and play and things like that. I think the police need to patrol this area a little bit more. something needs to be done," said one woman who didn't want her identity revealed.
Police said the victim of the shooting is not cooperating with the investigation, but the other worker who saw everything go down is helping with the investigation.
Police believe the suspects fled on foot north of Coatsville Street. Officers are encouraging residents and business owners near Coatsville Street and Steelton Street to check their surveillance footage for any suspicious activity from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
At this time, it is unclear why the suspects shot at the city workers.
This is a developing story. We will update with more if and when we receive more confirmed information.
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