High school football coach shot to death by stepchildren’s biological father on Saturday afternoon at the venue of a youth football game
Derwyn Lauderdale was shot and killed by 28-year-old James Hamilton in front of the children Saturday afternoon during a family dispute at a sports complex in Rosenberg, TX
Hamilton is charged with murder after he shot and killed 29-year-old Lauderdale, a first year teacher and football coach at William S. Travis High School, Fort Bend in Richmond, TX
Witnesses who Hamilton shot his children’s stepfather over a family dispute – Police arrested Hamilton within minutes after they arrived police on the scene
The men were at the sports complex, attending a youth football game on Saturday when the victim alighted from a car with a child and walked towards a black Mercedes
The Mercedes driver who was still in his own car then shot him in the stomach in front of a crowd of people, leaving the child weeping hysterically
Cops responded after they received several calls from witnesses who said a man had been shot in the parking lot of the Seabourne Creek Sports Complex
Hamilton who has an extensive criminal history including unlawful carrying of a weapon and terroristic threat causing fear of imminent serious bodily injury
A high school coach was shot and killed Saturday afternoon during a family dispute at a sports complex during a youth game in Texas. Officers said they received several calls from witnesses who said a man had been shot in the parking lot of the Seabourne Creek Sports Complex in Rosenberg.
Within minutes after they arrived, police arrested 28-year-old James Hamilton who witnesses said shot and killed Derwyn Lauderdale over a family dispute.
The suspected gunman, James Hamilton of Houston, is said to have shot Lauderdale outside the Seabourne Creek Sports Complex, where young people were preparing to take part in a football game.
Lauderdale was the step-father of Hamilton’s children, and the men the shooting was related to a family feud between the two men, police said.
Derwyn Lauderdale, 29, was a first year teacher and football coach at William S. Travis High School, Fort Bend, in Richmond, Texas.
‘What a sad set of circumstances that took place during this event. Children came to play a game they love, only to have it ruined by a career criminal committing an act of family violence,’ Rosenberg police Chief Jonathan White said at a news conference.
‘Our thoughts and prayers go out to those affected by this tragedy and we will pursue appropriate charges so justice may be served.’
On arrest, Hamilton was found with a handgun in his possession. The weapon had been reported stolen by the Houston Police Department, officials said.
The 28-year-old had an extensive criminal history, according to police, with offences ranging from the unlawful carrying of a weapon to terroristic threat causing fear of imminent serious bodily injury.
A witness told ABC affiliate KTRK she saw a black Mercedes pull up alongside Lauderdale’s car.
The facility was being rented out for a series of youth football games, which police say was the reason the two men were at the same location.
An eyewitness told ABC13 that she and her grandson were sitting in their car while he prepared for his game. She said she saw a gray Hyundai Elantra pull up about five parking spaces to her left with a woman in the driver-seat. Shortly after, a black Mercedes pulled in between her car and the already parked car.
The passenger of the gray Elantra, who police identified as Lauderdale, then reportedly got out of the car with a child and began walking towards the black Mercedes.
The driver then shot Lauderdale in his stomach in front of a crowd of people. The witness said the child who was walking with Lauderdale began crying hysterically.
Police say Hamilton is the biological father of Lauderdale’s stepchildren.
Afterwards, the witness said the gunman got out of the black Mercedes and ran towards the crowd while the woman driving the Elantra came to the aid of the victim.
Lauderdale was transported to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead.
“During the investigation, it was found James Hamilton and Derwyn Lauderdale had an on-going family-related dispute,” police said in a written statement.
Investigators also found that Hamilton has an extensive criminal history from Harris, Brazoria and Galveston Counties which included violation of a protective order, unlawful carrying of a weapon and terroristic threat causing fear of imminent serious bodily injury.
Hamilton has been charged with murder, according to the Rosenberg police chief Jonathan White.
“What a sad set of circumstances that took place during this event. Children came to play a game they love, only to have it ruined by a career criminal committing an act of family violence,” Rosenberg police chief Jonathan White said. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to those affected by this tragedy and we will pursue appropriate charges so justice may be served.”