2 teenagers shot dead in Port Arthur neighborhood

It happened in the 1700 block of Jefferson Drive around 4:15 p.m.

PORT ARTHUR, Texas — A shooting in Port Arthur sent two teenagers to the hospital with gunshot wounds Thursday afternoon, according to Port Arthur Police Detective Sadie Guedry.

The shooting occurred in the 1700 block of Jefferson Drive around 4:15 p.m. The location of the shooting is also known as La Vaquita Meat Market.

The two teenagers who were shot have been identified as male. They suffered non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

Police have identified a suspect as 17-year-old Jose Cortez. He was located and arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, according to a news release from Port Arthur Police.

He was also taken to the Jefferson County Correctional Center for treatment.

Detectives from the Port Arthur Police Department are investigating what led to the incident.

This is a developing story. We’ll update with more if and when we receive more confirmed information.

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Full statement from Port Arthur Police…

On 2/10/22 at approximately 4:13 p.m., a Port Arthur police officer heard gunshots in the area of ​​1700 Jefferson Drive.

Multiple officers responded and located two subjects who had been shot. Both were transported to local hospitals and are currently being treated for their injuries.

The suspect, 17-year-old Jose Cortez, has been located and arrested for Agg. Assault with lethal weapon. He is currently being transported to Jefferson County Correctional Facility for treatment.

This incident is currently being investigated by the Port Arthur Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division.

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