Thursday, March 15, 2012

Bartholomew Granger Opens Fire on daughter and ex-wife and Kills Bystander During lunch recess of the trial in Beaumont, Texas

A man accused of sexual abuse today gunned down four people outside the courthouse where he was standing trial, leaving one woman dead.

Bartholomew Granger, 41, apparently shot his 20-year-old daughter and her mother as he went on a rampage during the lunch recess of the trial at Jefferson County Courthouse in Beaumont, Texas.

His daughter Samantha Jackson, who testified against him yesterday, was in critical condition after the shootout, and a 79-year-old bystander was dead.

After the shooting Granger ran to a nearby building and took hostages while being besieged by police, but the hostages turned on him and took away his gun.

When negotiating with officials he apparently sounded more concerned with seeking medical treatment than with evading justice, and upon emerging from the building he was arrested on suspicion of murder and attempted murder.

Minnie Ray Seabolt, 79, was shot as she tried to escape Granger's onslaught by running in to the courthouse, and died of her wounds.

As the gunman fled the scene, he ran over his own daughter with a pickup truck, sending her to hospital where she remains in a critical condition.

The other two victims - Granger's ex-wife and another bystander - were treated at hospital but released later in the day. Read More