TEXAS CITY — Although police haven’t revealed a motive in Thursday’s deadly shooting, witnesses described a chaotic attack that sent them fleeing a duplex and hiding in closets as a gunman sought his target.

One man was killed and another was charged with murder after being treated for wound.

At 12:47 a.m., Texas City police received calls about shots fired in the 1200 block of Seventh Avenue North. At least one witness said the gunman was still inside the two-story duplex.

Officers found Danzel Campbell, 21, of La Marque bleeding in the street, Texas City police Capt. Brian Goetschius said. Campbell died at 3:13 a.m. at Mainland Medical Center in Texas City, said John Florence, a spokesman for the Galveston County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Police also found Corey Percy Becton, 19, at the scene and said he was shot as well, an apparent grazing wound to his neck. After receiving treatment at a hospital, Becton was booked into the city jail on charges of murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He remained jailed Thursday afternoon on $140,000 bond. Police still seek a witness to the shooting, Goetschius said.

William Conway, 43, said two men came to his residence Thursday morning. Shoe prints soiled Conway’s front door where a man tried several times to force his way inside.

“He said, ‘Open the door, son,’” Conway said.

As Conway stood armed at the door, he saw through an window a man armed with a handgun.

“He sticks the gun at my head and said, ‘Put the phone and gun down,’” Conway said.

Conway opened the door, and the man ran upstairs.

Conway’s girlfriend hid in her upstairs closet, and Campbell, who was known by the nickname “Hammer,” was in another room’s closet with his girlfriend, Conway said.

“I took off out the back door and called 9-1-1,” Conway said.

Campbell protected his girlfriend as shots were fired, Conway said.

“He took all the bullets,” Conway said, noting he didn’t know how many times Campbell was hit. “I heard a good four, five, six gunshots.”

As Campbell and the shooter fought on their way outside, they left a trail of blood and bullet holes. Conway’s neighbor said she grabbed her young children and ran upstairs, looking out her window at the two men fighting on the ground in her front yard. One man yelled for help.

Meanwhile, Conway hopped a pair of high fences and kept a watch on the front yard from a safe distance until police arrived.

Goetschius didn’t reveal whether police knew whether Campbell had a gun or had shot his attacker. Police seized two handguns, and detectives on Thursday were investigating what led to the shootings. Police accused Becton of going to the house to look for Campbell.

Conway said he’d known Campbell for less than a year.  

“Everybody in this incident seems to know each other and at one point were acquaintances or friends,” Goetschius said.

Campbell’s death is the first homicide reported this year in Texas City and the second in Galveston County.

Contact reporter Chris Paschenko at 409-683-5241 or chris. paschenko@galvnews.com.


(9) comments

Lars Faltskog

Who were the caregivers of the small children in the house? Could they have been witnesses to the shooting? That's the worst part of this story - having little children witness all of this craziness.

So, they were "friends" or "acquaintances". Always seems that those two words get thrown around a lot. People often don't choose the right people to hang around or associate with, do they.

Island Bred

Sometimes it just is what it is Lars.

Condolences to those who have to pick up the pieces to this mess. May the deceased RIP.

I'm just sick of reading stuff like this. That used to be a relatively decent neighborhood - I'm sure there are still folks who live around there that are just fed up with this sort of stuff too. Some things even common sense won't fix. I wouldn't wish this sort of terror on anyone thos.

Walter Manuel

It just saddens me to read stories like this, such a senseless death of someone for heavens only knows why?

It seems some people these days have no reservation or concern about knowing that by pulling the trigger of that gun it could possibly take someone's life in just a matter of seconds?

I guess I'm getting old, but back in the day when I had a fight with someone we would always duke it out with our fists and if you got whooped then you knew better than to mess with that person next time and we went our seperate ways.

My condolences to this family who lost their loved one and to the other family who wiil now have to go through what they will because of their loved one's actions.

We all need to work together in order to stop the violence....it's sad, very sad....

Ann Derek

This is a predominately black neighborhood - one you don't intentionally drive into during the day & especially after dark. During the day, groups of men can be seen hanging out doing nothing in particular. No one seems to have a job - they just drive up & down the streets all day in their shiny cars with stereo's blasting. It's their culture & is passed down from generation to generation.


I won't rabble on, instead, I'll cut to the quick and say this, "The Harvest is Great, BUT, Where Are The Laborers?"

Maybe if we could get them to quit crying, and chirping about the EAGLES NEST, dwelling in the past, and start concentrating on their appointed business, we could affect some of these young people who obviously needs, and who would benefit from spiritual knowledge, and guidance. That's all I know!

Nichelle Maxiey

maindlandlass.... that was the most racist comment that ive read in a while, i mean who do u think u are to pass judgement on a area or a race????? Really crime exist EVERYWHERE... there's no way around that white black hispanic all neighborhoods are not, facts show even elementary schools are not safe so miss me with that ur neighbor is more that likely to have more guns in there home that a whole street in this neighborhood really, ONLY GOD CAN JUDGE THE QUESTION IS WHAT IS HE GOING TO SAY ABOUT U, U NEED JESUS



Lars Faltskog

Nope, crime knows no race or neighborhood. Plenty of times we hear of awful things going on in "quiet" suburbia - just today they reported a string of robberies up in Kingwood.

Rich high society folk hire hit men to kill their competitors, i.e. the story about the jealous woman who tried to kill that socialite (the jealous woman's lover's wife). Yes, plenty of crimes in suburgatory. It's always puzzling to see in the news when they interview a resident of one of these places, and they invariably say, "I just don't believe this, we're in such a quiet neighborhood. Nothing happens here."

Also, the biggest drug and prostitution ring busts occur in more fashionable neighborhoods. That's because the dealing and transporting goes better around people with expendible income. The prostitutes' clientele are more likely to show up for their tryst in "less dangerous" areas. Ipso facto - many criminals like to be in the more affluent areas.


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