Red Rider BB gun, .22 rifle found in alleged shooters Jeep; bond set at $100,000

Published 5:40 pm Wednesday, March 2, 2016

BEAUMONT — Bond is set at $100,000 for Adam Carver who is charged with firing shots at the campaign headquarters of sheriff candidate Zena Stephens on Monday night.

Officer Carol Riley with the Beaumont Police Department said a Red Rider BB gun and a .22 caliber bolt-action rifle were found in the Jeep Carver was reportedly driving the night of the incident.

“We don’t know which one was used,” Riley said, adding that glass was shattered in the shooting. “Either way the crime still meets the criteria for deadly conduct.”

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Witnesses to the incident told police that Carver, 19, of Vidor, shouted racial slurs during the shooting — which is something police are investigating. The suspect, Carver, is white, and Stephens is African-American. As of Wednesday afternoon, no statements had been taken regarding the voicing of the racial slurs. Riley said witnesses were busy campaigning Monday night and are expected to come in and make official statements. Should police learn racial comments were made, necessary charges will be filed.

Police are also looking to see if there is a link between the incident at Stephens campaign headquarters and a rash recent shootings at local businesses, vehicles and signs, she added.

Recently there was a similar shooting at Metro PCS on 11th Street in Beaumont and Riley police have been told of shooting damage over the past few weeks.

The incident began when Beaumont dispatch received a call saying someone shot the glass door at Stephens’ campaign headquarters, 540 S. 11th St. and a witness was following the vehicle at around 7:30 p.m. Feb. 29.

While at the scene police found the glass of the northeast door of the building was shattered and there was at portion of glass missing at the top of the door and shattered glass in and outside the building, according to a press release from the Beaumont Police Department.

Witnesses told officers a white Jeep Cherokee drove by the building, a white male pointed what looked like a pistol outside the Jeep and shot towards a female that was in the parking lot. Witnesses told police someone shouted racial slurs before firing the gun. The vehicle then continued southbound on 11th Street but the witness who followed lost sight of the Jeep around College Street.

A few hours later, at around 9:50 p.m., officers located the jeep and its occupants in the 8500 block of Newfield Lane. Five people were identified as the occupants and were brought to the Beaumont Police Station to speak with detectives about the incident.

Carver reportedly made a statement to police regarding the incident.


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