UPDATE — Groves Police initially respond after local girl, 16, shot numerous times

Published 10:57 am Tuesday, January 2, 2024

Port Arthur Police Department investigators believe they know the identity of the suspects in the ambush style shooting of 16-year-old female.

Police Chief Tim Duriso said no arrests had been made in Friday’s shooting as of Tuesday afternoon but added police strongly believe they know the identity of two suspects tied to the shooting.

Groves dispatch received a call at 1:24 a.m. for a female victim of a shooting and responded to the 3800 block of Russell Street in Groves. The area is described as a residential area.

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Groves Sergeant Chris Robin said officers responded and were given information that the shooting occurred in Port Arthur and passed the information to the Port Arthur Police Department.

Officers at the scene performed life-saving measures until medics could arrive. The teen was taken to a hospital via ambulance.

Robin said Groves police are cooperating with PAPD on the case.

The shooting actually occurred at Sabina Townhomes in the 4100 block of 39th Street in Port Arthur and the vehicle drove about three miles to the Russell Street location.

Duriso said police will begin interviewing witnesses this week and that the victim and family are cooperating with law enforcement.

The police chief confirmed the female was shot multiple times, though he did not provide the number of gunshot wounds.

As of Tuesday no one else has come forward to say they are a victim of the shooting other than the teen.

The juvenile victim is a Port Arthur resident but it is not known if she is a local student.

Video from the scene showed two people armed with handguns ambushing a vehicle occupied by several juveniles. The gunmen fired at the vehicle several times seriously injuring one juvenile occupant.

The suspects were seen fleeing the scene on foot in a northeasterly direction.

PAPD is asking everyone in that area to check his or her security camera during the timeframe of 1:15 to 1:35 a.m. Friday for anything suspicious.