Man arrested in connection to shooting near Parkdale Mall

Martin Vincent Pettway, 21, of Port Arthur

Police have at least one suspect in custody in connection with the shooting death of a 20-year-old Beaumont man Saturday evening near Parkdale Mall. 

Martin Vincent Pettway, 21, of Port Arthur was arrested Monday in connection with the murder of Jesse Angel Rodriguez, who was fatally shot while driving a pickup truck along Dowlen Road beneath the Eastex Freeway overpass.

The shooting happened following a disturbance that began at CiCi’s Pizza in the Target shopping Center, according to a press release from the Beaumont Police Department. Police say after the disturbance Rodriguez got into his truck and was shot just after leaving the parking lot. He was taken to Christus St. Elizabeth, where police say he died.

Police have been speaking to witnesses and are still looking for people who may have seen the shooting. Beaumont Police Officer Haley Morrow said they still have a few other suspects in the investigation.