PAnews.com, Port Arthur, Texas

April 3, 2014

Woman shot to death following traffic accident


The Port Arthur News

BEAUMONT — Beaumont Police are searching for a man that was involved in a minor traffic accident that reportedly shot and killed a 22-year-old woman then shot and injured a passerby who stopped to render aid on Thursday.

At about 4:37 a.m. officers responded to a reported minor vehicle crash at the intersection of 11th Street and Laurel Street. The female caller stated that a man involved in the crash was brandishing a rifle. The caller hung up and when the 911 operators phoned her back, she said that the man had just shot her friend, according to a press release from the Beaumont Police Department.

 Officers located the female caller who was uninjured. The female shooting victim died at the scene.

The victim has been identified as Dominique R. Reed.

Officers also found a second shooting victim at the scene. According to the witness, the suspect shot this second victim, an unrelated passer-by, who had stopped to help at the crash. Beaumont EMS transported the male passerby to Christus Hospital-St. Elizabeth emergency room for his gunshot wound.  ER personnel admitted him and listed him in stable condition.

Witnesses described the suspect as a Hispanic male, short and heavy-set, with an eye abnormality they described as “cross-eyed.” They last saw him fleeing the area immediately after the shooting. He was driving a dark colored, older model pickup truck and was armed with a rifle.

Detectives are interviewing witnesses and are attempting to determine if the female victim, the female witness, and the suspect had a prior relationship.

Police consider the suspect armed and dangerous. Anyone with information about the suspect’s identity is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 833-TIPS to leave an anonymous tip.

 This incident involved a very widespread, extensive crime scene. The investigation necessitated the closure of 11th Street for a two-block stretch between Liberty and South Street. The closure lasted from about 5:00 a.m. through 10:15.  Both northbound and southbound lanes were reopened for traffic.