No arrests have been made in connection with recent shootings in Orange, which include three murder victims.
Orange Police Department Detective Captain Robert Enmon said investigators are waiting on results from forensic testings and the February winter ice storm affected the progress.
He said the Houston laboratories OPD uses lost power during the storm, which caused a delay in testing. The labs conduct forensic testing for agencies in the region, including those in Houston and Harris County.
“For us, (a murder) is a huge case, and to them, it’s just another homicide,” he said.
The OPD cases are in line waiting to be tested.
A young couple was killed about 2:30 a.m. January 23 inside their residence in the Charlemont subdivision. Police said an intruder with a handgun shot 23-year-old Thalamus Livings and 19-year-old Aaliyah Gradnigo.
Enmon said investigators have interviewed a “person of interest” and are waiting for the forensic testing results on items like ballistics and DNA.
34-year-old Jonathan Joseph was shot several times and his body was found lying in the 900 block of Second Street about 2 a.m. February 27. Police went to the scene after calls about gunshots.
Enmon said investigators tracked down an older model white Tahoe SUV and have interviewed people associated with the vehicle. A number of shell casings from a handgun were also gathered.
No witnesses have worked with police in the investigation of two teenagers who were shot on a February afternoon outside a house in the Navy Park neighborhood. Enmon said a 13-year-old girl who was shot in the leg “was an innocent bystander.” A 15-year-old boy who was shot in the shoulder had been in a dispute with people in Louisiana, he said.
Numerous bullets were fired. A car and two or three houses were also hit by flying bullets. One house was a block away.
Anyone with information about the shootings should contact the OPD Detective Division at 409-883-1095.
-Margaret Toal, KOGT-