Beaumont, Texas man, Lively Stratton charged with the murder of his four roommates following argument at the apartment residence. Cops called 9 times in past 18 months to complex.
The victims were found Sunday afternoon after being gunned down by 22-year-old Lively James Stratton, with whom they lived with Beaumont Enterprise reported.
The identities of the victims were identified by police as Bobby Wyatt, 39, Shannon Sutton, 23, Alvin Lee Bellard, 32, and Elijah Rideau, 33.
Notice of the murder scene came after an officer on patrol heard gunshots, Beaumont police said.
‘Upon arrival, they located four shooting victims,’ police said. Two of the victims died at the hospital. The other two were pronounced dead at the scene.
Upon his arrest, Lively Stratton was charged with four counts of murder and jailed on a $4 million bond.
History of prior confrontations at residence:
Of note, the murders follow cops being called to Beaumont apartment 9 times in past 18 months where the 4 men were fatally shot over the weekend, 12newsnow reported.
Beaumont police officer Carol Riley said the shooting was the result of an altercation between the five roommates, KBMT-TV reported.
‘We are sorry for the loss,’ Riley said. ‘I know this is really hard on a community that’s been rocked with so much devastation during Tropical Storm Imelda and the loss of four lives in our community is just more than I can even console you with. There’s just no words.’
A large crowd gathered at the shooting scene and stood vigil for hours, the station reported. It was Beaumont’s first mass shooting in five years. The Federal Bureau of Investigation considers a mass shooting to be one that kills three or more people, not including the suspect.
UPDATE!! Quadruple Homicide-4100 Highland
Lively James Stratton, 22, (pictured below) has been arrested for the shooting deaths of:
Bobby Wyatt, 39
Shannon Sutton, 23
Alvin Lee Bellard, 32
Elijah Rideau, 33
All of the deceased are from Beaumont, according to BPD. pic.twitter.com/8pWsPZfysj
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