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Beaumont shooting suspect identified; three killed, one critically injured
BEAUMONT- By Haley Bull
Beaumont Police said they are looking for a man suspected of shooting and killing three family members and leaving another person critically injured.
Officers said they got the call for a family disturbance around 4 p.m. Sunday to a house on S. 4th St. in Beaumont. When they arrived, they found four victims in the yard, all with multiple gunshot wounds.
Police said a 33-year old man and his 30-year old sister died at the scene. First responders took their 34-year old brother to the Christus Hospital St. Elizabeth where he died a short time later. Police said a 21-year old woman who is an acquaintance is in critical condition with multiple gunshot wounds to her upper body.
"We do believe this is a disturbance between people who did know each other and we do have an idea of who the shooter is and right now we are still looking for him," Beaumont Police Sgt. Rob Flores said.
Investigators said that suspect is 26-year old Joe Frederick Hawkins from Beaumont. Police said Hawkins was last seen driving a silver 2002 or 2003 Buick Century with Texas license plates DS4P770, dark tinted windows and a missing rear passenger-side hubcap.
Dozens of people stood around the crime scene until investigators carried the bodies out, some family members and friends, others people who live nearby.
"I didn't see it coming, I don't think nobody could see something like this coming you know, it's just an event that happened so fast it just took the life of people that you know that have a lot to live for and have kids to raise," Kenine Holtes said.
Holtes said he is a cousin of the victims.
"It just feel bad for my family, you know, their mom. It's just so much pain right now, you know, just can't really understand, why, why, why this happens. That's the question you know," Holtes said.
"I really, I mean, I'm lost for words right now. I just got off of work and to come home to this, I don't know," Jonathan Connor said.
Connor said he grew up and went to elementary school with Hawkins.
"He must have really been going through a lot for him to do something like this," Connor said.
Police said if you have seen Hawkins or the vehicle he was last seen driving you can call the Beaumont Police Dispatch Center at 832-1234.