Gunman opens fire outside Texas courthouse ahead of sexual assault trial

By Stephen C. Webster
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 15:46 EDT
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During a lunch break ahead of a major trial in Beaumont, Texas, a man accused of sexually assaulting his daughter allegedly opened fire with a high powered rifle, reportedly killing at least one person and wounding several others.

Police in Jefferson County told reporters that Bartholomew Granger, 41, engaged officers amid a hostage standoff near the courthouse steps just prior to the continuation of his trial, which had been ongoing since Monday.

His daughter reportedly testified against him on Tuesday, and was set to take the stand again.

The identity of his victims remains unclear, but KHOU.com in Houston reported that the victim who died was an elderly woman who was visiting the courthouse.

Granger was previously charged with drug possession and a gun-related charge, according to 12 News Now in Beaumont.

He reportedly fled the scene and took shelter in a nearby structure, where he was later captured by police after sustaining severe injuries. His condition was not yet known at the time of this report.

Texas law does not require gun owners to obtain a state permit before purchasing a firearm, and “assault weapons” are not subject to regulation.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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