Published March 14, 2012
At least one person is dead and three others wounded after a gunman opened fire Wednesday at a Texas courthouse.
The shooting happened at the Jefferson County Courthouse in Beaumont, Texas, about 80 miles east of Houston. A Beaumont police spokeswoman told Fox News that the alleged gunman was taken into custody after being shot by police.
Officer Doug Kibodeaux declined to identify the suspect. Kibodeaux said the suspect was going to court with his family Wednesday morning when he opened fire and shot several rounds. Kibodeaux did not immediately say whether any of the victims were related to the suspect.
KFDM-TV reported that the deceased victim is an elderly woman. The condition of the three other victims is unknown.
The victims were all shot in the parking lot of the courthouse, police told Fox News.
The courthouse, located near the Port of Beaumont, was placed on lockdown.
An employee with the Jefferson County Court Bakery and Café, located in the building's basement, told Fox News that she did not hear any gunshots. She said employees at the courthouse were asked to evacuate the building at around 1:15 p.m. local time.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.