Thursday, March 15, 2012
A black man accused of sexual abuse gunned down four people outside the courthouse where he was standing trial, leaving one woman dead
Bartholomew Granger, 41, shot his 20-year-old daughter and her mother as he went on a rampage during the lunch recess of the trial at Jefferson County Courthouse in Beaumont, Texas. His daughter Samantha Jackson, who testified against him, was in critical condition after the shootout, and a 79-year-old bystander was dead. After the shooting Granger ran to a nearby building and took hostages while being besieged by police, but the hostages turned on him and took away his gun. Granger has a lengthy criminal history that includes convictions for possession of marijuana and unlawfully carrying a firearm, according to police reports.