Texas courthouse shooting suspect held on $4M bond

BEAUMONT, TX. (AP) - A defendant in a family dispute accused of fatally shooting an elderly woman as she tried to run inside a Texas courthouse is being held on $4 million bond.

Bartholomew Granger is accused of wounding three other people Wednesday, including his daughter and the daughter's mother. A bystander was also injured. The 41-year-old Granger was arraigned Thursday morning.

Granger is accused of grabbing a gun from his pickup truck outside the Jefferson County Courthouse in Beaumont and opening fire. Authorities say that sparked a shootout that ended after Granger briefly took hostages in a nearby building.

Granger is charged with one count of murder. He was on trial this week in a separate criminal matter.

Beaumont is 80 miles east of Houston.

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