Halloween Shooting Suspect gets Murder Charge and 9 Assault Charges


The Texarkana Texas Police Department reports that Keuntae McElroy, 21, has now been officially charged with one count of murder, and nine counts of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon. Bond is set at almost $2,000,000.

McElroy is charged with killing Javon Gooden, 20, of Texarkana, Texas at a Halloween Party being held at Octavia’s Event Center on Texas Boulevard in Texarkana, Texas. The other victims who were also shot included both males and females, ranging in age from 15 to 23 years old.

The investigation continues, if anyone has any video or photographs made inside the venue during – or just prior to – the shooting, they are asked to contact the Texarkana Texas Police Department at 903-798-3116.

From a previous TTPD Press Release:

Officers responded to several 911 calls reporting multiple people having been shot at the party venue in the 2300 block of Texas Blvd. at 11:56 on Saturday night.  Upon arrival, they encountered a large number of people running from the building and several inside suffering from gunshot wounds.  The injured were transported to Wadley Regional Medical Center and Christus St. Michael Hospital by ambulance, police unit, and private vehicle.  Gooden died a short time later at Christus St. Michael.  Detectives believed that McElroy was inside the building for a period of time before the shooting.  The preliminary investigation indicated that the shooting may have been the result of some type of disturbance among some of the partygoers.  It is estimated that there were at least a couple hundred people in the venue when the shootings occurred.

Keuntae McElroy, 21, of Texarkana, Arkansas



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