A man was taken by helicopter to the hospital around noon Tuesday after an apparent gun battle that also damaged a nearby home, police confirmed.

Officers at about 11:24 a.m. received a call about a shooting in the 2700 block of John Street and found the man, in his 20s, injured in a car, Lt. Chad Waggoner, spokesman for the La Marque Police Department said.

A nearby home was damaged in the shooting, but it appears to be accidental, Waggoner said. Someone was home during the shooting but wasn't wounded.

Investigators still were gathering details about the shooting Tuesday, Waggoner said.

It’s not yet clear but is possible the shooting is connected to an ongoing feud between competing rap crews in the Texas City and La Marque area, Waggoner said.

Feuding rap crews likely are behind at least nine shootings that killed one man and wounded another in La Marque and Texas City in May alone and an uncertain number of homicides and other shootings since 2016, law enforcement officials have said.

Law enforcement and community leaders suspect youths, some as young as 14, are involved in groups carrying out the shootings and that they are organized around interest in rap music and guns.

Matt deGrood: 409-683-5230;


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(7) comments

Joshua Moore

Not headline news? I guess it's business as usual in Tha Marq.

David Hardee

The La Marque police chief begged the citizens to help, and the GD editor Michael Smith headlined a front-page article, and a follow-up article appealing for the citizens that definitely have the knowledge to identify these preps. Shocking was how little interest in the form of comment these articles produced.

Yet another shooting and still no results from police efforts. Evidently the citizens of La Marque will not help themselves. Confusing as to why they won't. Well just another internal failure resembling the LISD loss. Anyone have a suggestion or information contact La Marque Police, please.

noah page

We all have a vested interest in the safety of La Marque. God bless their police force.

Doug Sivyer

I live in La Marque. It's very sad to see all of this crime. These peace officers have a dangerous and nasty job dealing with the dregs of society. Bad cops need to go and the good ones deserve more recognition and increased pay.

Carlos Ponce

Glenda in 1939: Are you a good witch or a bad witch?

Glenda in 2020 after pulled over for an infraction: Are you a good cop or a bad cop?

Always assume good until they give you a darn good reason to think otherwise. Some parents train their children to fear all peace officers ... bad parenting.

Kimberley Jones Yancy

When the Police Department determines that they need more African-American patrol cops (right now they have a total of 2 African-American patrol cops on the force) and implement correct community policing— building trust within the community perhaps they will be able to solve their unsolved cases. They make it extremely difficult for African-Americans to become a member of the LMPD patrol unit.

Carlos Ponce

"They make it extremely difficult for African-Americans to become a member of the LMPD patrol unit." If you have any proof of that please reveal.

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