Mar 14, 2012

Philip R. Klein on the Courthouse Shooter

Let’s review Philip R. Klein’s multiple postings about the tragedy on the steps of the Jefferson County Courthouse today. The Southeast Texas Record, the Beaumont Enterprise, KBMT-12, and KFDM-6 all have the real story.

Readers may want to check the Southeast Texas Political Review right now, since I suspect that Philip has often changed his articles in the past after I’ve busted him.

Philip’s has exploited this tragedy for his own vanity and to sensationalize the shooting in the “most corrupt county in Texas.”  His first posting today:

Active Shooter 

These are the facts from officials inside the Jefferson County Courthouse as of this minute.
  1. There is an active shooter in the area of the courthouse.
  2. There are two persons dead.
  3. There are five (possibly more as they to triage and searches) in the area of the courthouse.
Officials are asking that everyone stay away from downtown. Police consider this an active shooting situation at this time as the rule out all possible attackers. Further, all persons inside the courthouse are sheltering in place and are advised not to move.

A command center for EMS and Fire - and police has been established on Milam. EMS Requesting units to the courthouse that are upset and having medical ONLY ISSUES. No others are shot.
In reality, there was only one fatality and three wounded.

I have no idea what Klein meant by “Police consider this an active shooting situation at this time as the rule out all possible attackers.”  Presumably, Philip believed that Beaumont Police were searching for the shooter by interrogating innocent bystanders. During this active shooting, I suspect the BPD found the shooter by following the sound of gunfire.

Next, Philip began a series of so-called updates – these are in the order in which they appeared on the Southeast Texas Political Review (reverse chronological order, with the most recent as the first posting): 

UPDATED: According to law enforcement sources - the shooter has been shot - is critical. His last name is Bartholmeau - and was taken to St. E's hospital. The courthouse area will be locked down for now and employees will be dismissed later this afternoon.
Actually, the last name of the shooter was Granger, and he was wounded slightly by police as he drove away from the courthouse. After taking hostages in a building on Neches street, Granger eventually surrendered without further shooting.

Philip did get part of the name somewhat right – Granger’s first name was Bartholomew.

UPDATE: One law enforcement source tells the Review that the Shooter is down. He is described as a 25 year old male. Trauma alert to St. E's Beaumont. EMS and Fire going on stand down.
Granger was 41 years old and as noted above, he was never down but surrendered to police.

UPDATE: Still considered an active crime scene. Jefferson County Courthouse Shut Down "For the Day." Employees being allowed to go home shortly as soon as area is cleared." All judges secured. The 25 year old male considered "Critical" - possibly the shooter.
In Philip’s last update of the day (the first posted above), employees were not allowed to leave until later in the afternoon. In this second update of the morning, employees were to go home as soon as “the area is cleared.”

UPDATE: A 25 year old male is enroute to St. E's with multi gunshots - one to the head from the area of a warehouse. It is unknown if he was shot by police. The only description is that he is a 25 year old man with multi-gun shots.
Philip’s first update is the only one that references, albeit obliquely, the running gun battle and hostage situation.  However, all of the shootings took place at the courthouse, and the fatality being transported was a 79-year-old female.

Readers can speculate for themselves about the origin of PRK's many mistakes. The only thing he really got right was the location and nature of the incident: a shooter at the Jefferson County Courthouse.

I see four possible explanations for Philip's gibberish: 
  1. Someone fed him a lot of disinformation. 
  2. Philip doesn’t listen very well and missed the salient details.
  3. He didn’t know what the big words meant while pirating content from the web.
  4. He just made the details up.
The shooter never made it inside the courthouse - if so, I suspect the casualty list would have been much higher.

I won’t revisit Philip’s previous comments about the security at the Jefferson County Courthouse (at least in this posting), but in my opinion, Klein owes them a big apology.  I thank the officers of the courthouse security staff, the Beaumont PD, and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s office for their work today.

LAGNIAPPE: Here’s one of Philip R. Klein’s do-it-yourself videos on how courthouse terrorists can get around the security.

26 comments :

Anonymous said...

Gus I have to tell you, but when I first heard about this on the radio, I first thought Klein had finally gone off the deep end.

Anonymous said...

Fat Fil is suing the Beaumont PD - he doesn't have any sources there.

Anonymous said...

There are no 'dead people' photos on the Beaumont Enterprise site as stated by Klein. Shows how much of a dumb@$$ he is.

Anonymous said...

Gus, don't miss one of Philip's deep thoughts:

"Rumors ran rampit in the media that a gun had gotten into the courthouse "

Anonymous said...

If there are a bunch of rumors running "rampit," philip started most of them with this horse shit.

Anonymous said...

Hey, Phillly boy, we looked for you at the press conference today. Since you're pretty hard to miss in a crowd, we figured you didn't show up.

Anonymous said...

I love it when Bartholmeau Klein tries to talk like a cajun.

Anonymous said...

All of you can make fun, but I think this is irresponsible and Klein should be held accountable.

Anonymous said...

Truth is a casualty of the SET Political Review every day.

Anonymous said...

David Bellows did a heck of a better job as a citizen blogger covering this:

http://hardincountyconservatives.blogspot.com/

Anonymous said...

Despite Philip R. Klein's inaccurate information about the courthouse shootings, the major part of the SETPR report was true, that is, blaming the shooting on high unemployment rate, high crime rate, & high taxes in the most corrupt county in the universe. In retrospect, Klein saved me money when I cancelled my subscription to The Comedy Channel and read the SETPR instead.

Anonymous said...

Don't miss Mr. Klein on Fox 4. Love those dorky glasses.

http://setxhomepage.com/fulltext?nxd_id=178172

Anonymous said...

Gus, you forgot the #5 possible reason...........Philip has been drinking before noon.......AGAIN.

Anonymous said...

Klein= Loser

Anonymous said...

no bpd officer had time during this incident to talk to prk so don't believe him. police scanner was prk's source.

Anonymous said...

Oh Gus, I'm so glad you're back!

Anonymous said...

The real news would have been if Klein had gotten something right.

Anonymous said...

Philly Boy, we looked for you at the press conference last night, too. I figured someone wearing a cheap blue sports jacket in size 74 XXXXXL would be easy to spot, but I didn't see you.

Anonymous said...

clueless in nederland again

Anonymous said...

Klein didn't get that BS about the 25 year old shooter off a scanner. He made it up.

Anonymous said...

Klein is a real dummy today...he writes that a reader sent Rita a letter to an old address and shows it was forward by the post office to Austin but then the letter is returned to sender because the Austin address is no good. It only shows that Rita lives in Beaumont in the warehouse as she said from the beginning of the campaign. Klein is the worst so called private investigator in Texas.

Anonymous said...

Klein is a real dummy everyday.

Anonymous said...

Judge Bob Wortham, who so greatly opposed courthouse security, is in Cozumel scuba diving. Wish he could have been there yesterday to see how important the security really is. There was a reason the gunman didn't go inside. Good job BPD and JCSO. You are valuable to us despite what Klein and others say.

Anonymous said...

Oh look, another nut case suing the City of Beaumont.
http://www.12newsnow.com/story/17162313/affidavit-reveals-more-on-alleged-shooter

Anonymous said...

While Klein pretends to be some form of media source, he only manages to further destroy his credibility, if there was any left that is. Beyond his narcissistic rantings, we should all recognize that were it not for the security measures in place this tradgedy could have been monumental. The shooters actions were limited to the area outside the courthouse, because of those security measures. We owe our safety to the guys at JCSO and BPD, regardless of what the PRK says. Beyond that, cudos to the citizens who reacted as well. I am proud to be a Southeast Texan!

Anonymous said...

If Philip Klein were drowning, Klein's life wouldn't pass before his eyes. Walter Cronkite's life would pass before his eyes. Klein's version of November 22, 1963: "The news from Dallas, apparently official: rumors run rampit that Vice President Johnson B. Lyndons shot President Kennedy at 1:30 PM, some 38 minutes ago. My sources report that Governor Connally, relaxing on the beach in El Paso, said, 'What a shame!'"