Port Arthur man faces 1st degree murder indictment in Beaumont shootout

Published 3:02 pm Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Staff report

A Port Arthur man arrested for a December homicide during a shootout outside a Beaumont nightclub has been indicted for first-degree murder.

A Jefferson County grand jury returned the bill of indictment against Damon Marques Pierce, 21, whose last address was listed as 2316 Thomas Blvd., Wednesday morning.

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Pierce is accused of shooting Ronald Lee Livings Jr., 27, around 2 a.m. Dec. 9 at the Club Rumba, 3684 College St. Beaumont police said Livings had been taken to Baptist Hospital with multiple gunshots wounds to his body. He later died there.

Police initially responded to a call at Club Rumba in response to calls of multiple gunshots fired. Witnesses, who were initially uncooperative, said a fight had erupted at the club and continued in the parking lot.

According to police, multiple people had guns and at least four people were wounded. Police returned to the club to investigate Livings’ death and later developed suspect identification from eyewitnesses. Later, the witnesses identified Pierce in a photo lineup as the shooter.

In a March 6 arrest affidavit, a Beaumont investigator sought the first-degree murder charge.

Pierce was taken into the custody of Jefferson County Corrections on March 13 with bond set at $500,000.

Pierce remained there Wednesday.