Arrest made following fatal shooting at McDonald’s in Groves

Published 10:10 am Friday, April 22, 2022

GROVES — One local man is in jail and another suspect is at large as the Groves Police Department continues investigating last week’s fatal shooting at a fast food restaurant parking lot.

Police announced the arrest of 20-year-old Darionte Everfield, of Port Arthur, saying he was located Thursday in Harris County at a relative’s apartment.

GPD Chief Deputy Kirk Rice said there is a second suspect who investigators are also attempting to locate.

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Authorities have not publicly named the suspect.

According to Jefferson County Correctional Facility records, Everfield was booked at 3:18 p.m. Thursday on a charge of murder.

A warrant was issued for Everfield’s arrest following the fatal shooting of Alfonso Solomon.

Groves and Port Arthur police responded to McDonald’s, 4500 Twin City Highway, at approximately 10:50 p.m. April 14 in reference to a shooting. They found the 19-year-old victim suffering multiple gunshot wounds.

Solomon was brought to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Groves City Marshal Norman Reynolds Jr. said police believe the victim and suspect knew each other.

The suspect’s vehicle was parked when Solomon arrived, left his vehicle and was talking to the driver of a Dodge Journey when he was shot.

Solomon was able to run for a short distance before collapsing. The shooter’s vehicle fled the scene directly after the shooting, Reynolds said.

Police recovered surveillance video from the shooting.

No other injuries were reported.

Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call the Groves Police Department or contact Crime Stoppers by calling 833-TIPS (8477), online at 833 or download the P3 TIPS App.

The last killing in Groves occurred in 2020. Prior to that, the last homicide was in 2014, Reynolds said.