1 dead, 3 hurt in gunfire near Texas courthouse
BEAUMONT | A man opened fire Wednesday outside a Texas courthouse where he was on trial in a family dispute, killing an elderly woman and wounding three other people, including a daughter he ran over with a pickup truck as he tried to escape, authorities said.
Bartholomew Granger, 41, was being held at a jail without bond after being treated at a hospital following his arrest on a murder charge, police said.
Mr. Granger was outside the Jefferson County Courthouse in Beaumont before the continuation of his trial, grabbed a gun from his truck and began shooting, authorities said.
The woman was fatally struck as she tried to run into the courthouse, while Mr. Granger’s daughter and another bystander fell to the ground. Several law enforcement officers returned fire as the courthouse went into lockdown.
Mr. Granger allegedly was firing from his truck and then ran over his daughter as he drove away. He went about three blocks before abandoning his truck in the middle of the street then taking hostages in a nearby construction business, police said. Once inside, Mr. Granger spoke by phone to police and told them he was wounded. He eventually surrendered and was taken to the hospital.