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Gunman kills 1, wounds 3 outside Texas courthouse

BEAUMONT, Texas — A man at court with family members opened fire outside a Southeast Texas courthouse Wednesday, killing one person and wounding at least three others before briefly taking hostages at a nearby business, police said.

The gunman had been inside the Jefferson County Courthouse in Beaumont but went out to his pickup truck shortly after 11 a.m., drew a weapon and began shooting, police said.

A detective outside the courthouse fired back. He quickly was joined by law enforcement officers from nearby buildings, police said.

The gunman retreated to his truck and, still firing, ra...

 

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