Police found 17 rifle casings and a bullet-riddled house, but had no other information about a shooting early Wednesday, officials said.

No injuries were reported.

Officers received a phone call at 2:55 a.m. about gunshots in the 1400 block of Petroleum Street, said Lt. Chad Waggoner, spokesman for the La Marque Police Department.

Investigators found 17 spent .223 Remington casings in the middle of the street, Waggoner said.

A resident near where officers found the casings told them he was asleep at the time and didn’t know anything about the shooting, Waggoner said. Other nearby residents told police the same thing.

Investigators also found a nearby residence had been struck more than 20 times and found one bullet inside the home, Waggoner said.

It appeared that not all those bullet holes were created early Wednesday, however.

The home had apparently been shot at previously, Waggoner said.

La Marque and Texas City have been rocked by shootings in recent months.

La Marque police at lunchtime Wednesday received reports of another shooting on Roosevelt Street, but investigators determined that was an accidental discharge, Waggoner said.

A man was cleaning a firearm in the garage of his home when it discharged and struck a house across the street, he said.

Matt deGrood: 409-683-5230;


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