Mar 142012

As of 5pm cst:

BEAUMONT – A man is in custody after Beaumont police say he shot several people outside the Jefferson County Courthouse, including one elderly woman who died at the scene outside the courthouse, and at least three other people who were shot, before he was wounded in an exchange of gunfire with police and eventually gave up after taking hostages at a business near the courthouse, according to Beaumont Police and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.

The suspect was shot and wounded in an exchange of gunfire with police. He’s in stable condition at Christus Hospital St. Elizabeth. Police are preparing to transfer him to jail.

Investigators emphasize no shots were fired inside the courthouse.

URGENT: At least one person is dead and three others wounded after a gunman allegedly opened fire Wednesday at a Texas courthouse, Fox affiliate KRIV-TV reported.

The alleged shooter is believed to be holding hostages in a building near the Jefferson County Courthouse in Beaumont, Texas.

KFDM-TV reported that the deceased victim is an elderly woman. The condition of the three other victims is unknown.

The courthouse remains on lockdown.

Noon report from Jefferson Co. courthouse shooting

– featured image: KFDM


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