HOUSTON -- An eyewitness to the mass shooting outside a courthouse in Beaumont said the shooting victims didn t stand a chance.
At one point, I thought it was overkill, said Beaumont attorney Ted Johns.
Johns was parked in front of the Jefferson County courthouse around 11:15 a.m. Wednesday waiting on his brother, who is also an attorney.
It became a crime scene very quickly, said Johns.
Johns watched as police said Bartholomew Granger, 41, shot four people and killed one of them.
Hisex-wife and 20-year-old daughter are two of the shooting victims. Police said Granger also ran over his daughter with his pickup truck.
His ex-wife survived. His daughter was in critical condition Thursday.
At one point he is standing within two feet of her with the rifle pointed at her and I heard rounds go off and she s down, said Johns.
Johns said after Granger shot his own daughter, the mass shooting wasn t over.
He looked at me directly. I m in the field of fire and he s changing clips and I look at him, my window is down, and I mouthed the words, You don t have to kill me, recalled Johns. I saw the girl go down, I saw her ripped up by the rounds that he fired, I throw the car in reverse and sink down beneath the driver s door, and was actually praying that he wouldn t shoot any rounds towards the car because I know those rounds would pierce that automobile.
Granger didn t shoot Johns. Instead, Johns said he started randomly shooting toward the courthouse. Police said he shot and killed 79-year-old Minnie Ray Seabolt, then ran into a nearby building and took two hostages. The hostages are now being hailed as heroes.
They took charge when he was in a vulnerable position, and took the gun away from him, and unlocked the door and let the SWAT Team in, said Beaumont Police Chief James Ellison.
Police aren t yet releasing a motive for the shooting, but Granger s daughter was set to testify against him Wednesday afternoon.
He s currently on trial for aggravated sexual assault of a child.
We had picked a jury. We started testimony yesterday and we were going to resume testimony at 1 p.m., said Jefferson County State District Judge John Stevens, who was overseeing Granger s case.
But that never happened, and now Granger is not only charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child, but also murder.
Granger was treated and released from a local Beaumont hospital.
Hewas beingheldin the Jefferson County Jail Thursday on $4 million bond.