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.