PAnews.com, Port Arthur, Texas

March 30, 2013

UPDATE: One dead, three injured in PA gunfights; first homicide of year in city


Port Arthur News

PORT ARTHUR — A Port Arthur man is dead and three others were wounded in two related gunfights early Saturday morning.

Police received a report of “shots fired” at about 3:19 a.m. March 30 in front of Old School Shack, 901 Houston Ave. While there they learned there had been a disturbance between two groups of individuals that resulted in the gunfire and a short fight ensued and at least two people were shot during the exchange.

The fatal shooting victim, Marcus John “Big Country” Senegal, 29, received a gunshot wound to the abdomen, according to a press release from Port Arthur Police Department. A second man, age 34, also from Port Arthur, was transported by private hospital to a local hospital for treatment of a bullet to the lower leg.

PAPD Sgt. Scott Gaspard said a second shooting occurred almost immediately after the shooting outside the club.

“Officers had just arrived at Old School Shack and were securing the scene and could hear the gunfire at Prince Hall (apartments),” Gaspard said.

The second exchange of gunfire occurred about 3:55 a.m. at Prince Hall Apartments which is located in the 900 block of West 14th Street. Police believe this was a continuation of the previous gunfight.

Officers responding to the area found a vehicle reportedly traveling at a high rate of speed. They stopped the vehicle and found that a 19-year-old Port Arthur man had been shot in the upper body while at Prince Hall Apartments. The man was allowed to continue to the hospital in private vehicle and was later flown by Life Flight to Galveston.

Officers checked the apartment complex and found a second victim, a 55-year-old man from Port Arthur. That victim had been shot in the lower leg and was transported by EMS to Christus Hospital-St. Elizabeth for non-life threatening injuries.

A total of four people sustained gunshot wounds including the deceased Senegal.

Gaspard said police do not believe the shootings are gang related.

During the initial investigation, detectives found very few people who claimed to be witnesses. Most people interviewed denied seeing anything, therefore investigators were having a difficult time recreating a timeline of events.

This marks the first homicide in the city this year.

Anyone with information about this crime can call the PAPD at 983-8600.

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