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Innocent bystander killed, 3 injured in overnight shooting in Port Arthur

The shooting happened around 2:30 a.m. Sunday on Vicksburg Avenue.

PORT ARTHUR, Texas — An innocent bystander and mother of two died and three other people were hit in a shooting early Sunday morning. 

Jasmine Newman, 22, was the area's third person killed in a matter of days. 

It happened around 2:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 20 in the 1100 block of Vicksburg Avenue, Port Arthur Police Sgt. Timothy Dinger said in a news release. Port Arthur Police said the other gunshot victims were taken to the hospital. 

Investigators said Newman had multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene. 

"[The] Initial investigation revealed that Jasmine Newman was an innocent bystander in this cowardly act of violence," Port Arthur Police Detective Mike Hebert said in a news release. 

All of the other gunshot victims were treated and released, police said. 

This shooting death follows a deadly Friday in which a Port Arthur man was shot and killed around 3:30 p.m. at the Avery Trace Apartments on Hwy. 365 in Port Arthur and 57-year-old Billy Joe Hays of Beaumont was shot to death in the 600 block of Elgie Street just before midnight.

It is not known if any of the shootings are related.

Police in Beaumont and Port Arthur ask anyone with information to call Southeast Texas Crime Stoppers at 409-833-TIPS (8477). 

Anyone with information about Sunday's shooting can Port Arthur Police Department at 409-983-8600 and request to speak with Detective Eric Thomason. 

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