Beaumont man indicted for Port Arthur drive-by shooting

Published 12:17 am Saturday, February 8, 2020

A Beaumont man was indicted for deadly conduct in relation to a Port Arthur drive-by shooting caught on camera.

A Jefferson County grand jury indicted DeMarcus Lee Senegal, 36, of Beaumont for the Dec. 9 shooting of a home in the 3000 block of South Park in Port Arthur.

The targeted home is located near Tyrrell Elementary School and Iglesia Apostolic Church.

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The incident began with two women and a man showing up at the home with a disagreement over a phone. Their arrival was captured on the homeowner’’ Ring doorbell camera.

One of the women made threatening comments, which were heard over the camera as they left.

According to the probable cause affidavit, the three left in a silver or grey SUV that was parked in front of the house. The vehicle went a short distance, turned around and passed back by the residence, with the Ring camera capturing the scene as shots are fired at the house.

A few days later the three went to the Port Arthur Police Department and made voluntary statements on the shooting.

The man and one of the women maintained their innocence, but the second woman eventually implicated Senegal as the shooter, authorities said.

No injuries were reported, and Port Arthur police did not specify how many shots were fired or how many struck the home.

The deadly conduct charge is a third degree felony.

An indictment is not a final conviction of guilt; it is only a ruling by the grand jury that allows the district attorney’s office to proceed with a criminal case.