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Another round of heavy rain moving through portions of SE Texas today. Some heavy showers and thunderstorms were as far north as China and Nome this morning. By this evening most of the rain will start to move out. Highs today will reach the mid 80's. Our coverage of showers goes down to 50% for Friday with highs in the upper 80's.
New information released in Thursday's fatal shooting
New information has been released in Thursday's shooting at 11th Street and Laurel.
"At this point we do not feel this was a random act," Sgt. Rob Flores said. "Detectives are working to determine the connection between the victims and the shooter. There is some connection between the two females in the car and the shooter. This did not appear to be a random act."
The young woman killed in the shooting was identified Thursday as 22-year-old Dominique R. Reed of Beaumont.
At about 4:37 a.m. Thursday officers responded to a reported minor vehicle crash at the intersection of 11th Street and Laurel Street. The female caller stated that a man involved in the crash was brandishing a rifle. The caller hung up and when our 911 operators phoned her back, she said that the man had just shot her friend.
Officers converged on the area and located the female caller. She was uninjured. The female shooting victim died at the scene.
Officers also found a second shooting victim at the scene. According to the witness, the suspect shot this second victim, an unrelated passer-by, who had stopped to help at the crash. Beaumont EMS transported the male passerby to St. Elizabeth ER for his gunshot wound. ER personnel admitted him and listed him in stable condition.
Witnesses described the suspect as a Hispanic male, short and heavy-set, with an eye abnormality they described as "cross-eyed." They last saw him fleeing the area immediately after the shooting. He was driving a dark colored, older model pickup truck. He was armed with a rifle.