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Beaumont: 5 weekend shootings, one fatal

BEAUMONT — The city of Beaumont experienced a violent weekend with five shootings, one fatal, bringing the murder total there to 10 so far this year.

The incidents are varied, from disturbances between individuals, a tale of a robbery and one call that required the SWAT team.

“We believe a majority of these crimes are related to illegal activity,” Officer Haley Morrow said. “In some cases people don’t want to cooperate or file charges or are not forthcoming with information. We don’t want people out there feeling like we’re not doing anything.”

Here’s a rundown of events:

• No. 1 — 3:34 a.m. Friday — Officers responded to 3710 Magnolia in reference to a victim of a shooting where a woman hid in a home, causing SWAT to be called out.

They found the victim, a 39-year-old male, in front of the apartment with a gunshot wound to the right side of the torso. He was brought to St. Elizabeth Hospital and rushed into surgery. He was last listed in stable condition.

The suspect, Olivia Goodman, 37, had her two children, ages 7 and 11, in the apartment with her while SWAT tried to make contact. After a lengthy amount of time the children left the apartment and SWAT made entry. Officers located a gun and drugs in the apartment, according to a news release from BPD.

Goodman was arrested and transported to Jefferson County Jail. She is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, child endangerment, felon in possession of a firearm and possession of a controlled substance.

• No. 2 — 10:14 p.m. Friday (homicide) — Officers responded to the 3400 block of Avenue C, in reference to a
disturbance. While there they learned Michael Glasper, a 36-year-old Beaumont man, was shot by two men who had already fled the area.

Witnesses said the suspects entered the residence and pointed a gun to Glasper’s head. They demanded money and one of the suspects shot Glasper. EMS arrived on scene and transported Michael to St. Elizabeth hospital. Glasper was later pronounced dead.

The suspects are described as: A middle-aged black male around 5-foot 5 to 5-foot 8-inches tall, 185 to 210 pounds, wearing a dark gray hoodie, and navy blue Polo pajama pants.

Suspect No. 2 is a middle-aged black male, light caramel complexion, 5-foot 5 to 5-foot-8, wearing a black hoodie and gray sweat pants.

   If you have information about this homicide or other crimes in Southeast Texas, call Southeast Texas Crime Stoppers or download the P3 TIPS app and submit your tip with your cell phone. All tips are anonymous and you could be eligible for a cash reward.

• No. 3 — 7:03 p.m. Saturday — Officers received a call from St. Elizabeth’s in reference to a shooting victim that had arrived. They learned the shooting happened somewhere in the 800 block of Plum Street.

The investigation showed that two Beaumont men, 49 and 26 years old, got into an altercation and the 26-year-old shot the 49-year-old in the left thigh and right foot. The victim was brought by private vehicle to the hospital and his injuries appear to be non-life threatening.

Investigators said Masontha Merchant Jr., 26, of Beaumont is a person of interest.

If you have information about this aggravated assault or any other crimes, contact Southeast Texas Crime Stoppers at 409-833-TIPS or download the P3 TIPS app and submit your with your cell phone.

• No. 4 — 8:39 p.m. Saturday — Officers responded to 145 Washington Blvd. in reference to a shooting victim.

Officers responded to a chaotic scene and discovered two men got into a fight and one man shot the other.

The victim, a 26-year-old Beaumont man, drove himself to the hospital. Officers detained the shooter, Ronnie Walker, a 45-year-old Beaumont man.

Walker was transported to the station to speak with detectives. He was later transported to Jefferson County Jail and booked in for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

• Number 5  — 9:03 p.m. Saturday — Officers responded to the victim of a shooting at 4155 Maida where a woman was robbed and shot.

The 22-year-old female victim told officers she was walking westbound in the 4100 block of Madia in front of the big field between the 200 and 300 series of apartments when she was approached by a black male wearing all black. He took her backpack and shot her, according to a news release from BPD.

She told officers the suspect fled north through the field and she went home. The victim’s girlfriend called the police. Officers attempted to locate the suspect but officers weren’t contacted until 30 minutes or more after the incident.

Authorities said there were several inconsistencies in the victim’s statement. The victim had non-life threatening injuries and the incident remained under investigation.