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Woman shot and killed following wreck
BEAUMONT- by Haley Bull
Beaumont Police are trying to learn more about the circumstances that prompted a man to shoot and kill a woman after a minor traffic accident, and shoot and injure a passerby who tried to help.
Paramedics gloves and orange paint were evidence of the fatal shooting on 11th St. at Laurel St. hours later.
Police said a woman called 911 around 4:30 a.m. Thursday. She said a man involved in a crash was holding a rifle. When the emergency worker called back, the woman said the man had shot her friend.
22-year old Dominique Reed from Beaumont died at the scene.
Officers said a second woman in the car got out and ran down 11th St. The gunman chased her, fired shots and missed.
"A third party stopped that was unrelated, tried to help and he ended up getting shot as well," Beaumont Police Sergeant Rob Flores said.
That man is in stable condition with a gunshot wound.
The shooting shut down a two block stretch of 11th St. for more than five hours, forcing nearby St. Anne Catholic School to delay classes.
"We came a little bit early and the policeman on campus told us to go back and come home and go back at nine, but we were a little shocked, a little afraid," Kim Huber, a parent of a first-grade student at the school, said.
Students at Premier High School, just down the street from St.Anne Catholic School, also had to wait for school to begin.
"I think she's safe," Gloria Bluford, a grandmother of a senior student, said. "I talked to one of the teachers and he say they were all safe."
Nearby Central High School went on lock down for part of the morning.
"You just don't think things like this could happen on a street when people are going to work and most importantly dropping children off within a two-block area," Debbie Bando, owner of Bando's Catering, said.
Witnesses said the gunman is a short, heavy-set, cross-eyed Hispanic man, last seen leaving the crime scene with a rifle in an older-model, dark-colored pick-up truck.
If you have any information about the wreck and shooting, you can call Crimestoppers at 833-TIPS.