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USVI man identified as shooter in Houston murder-suicide

November 21st, 2020 | Tags:
Shooting scene in Houston, Texas, where Mark Van Beverhoudt is said to have shot 2 people before turning the gun on himself. Photo: ABC 13 Eyewitness News
Matt and Norma Harris seen here in a Facebook Photo. Photo: ABC 13 Eyewitness News
Matt and Norma Harris seen here in a Facebook Photo. Photo: ABC 13 Eyewitness News

HOUSTON, Texas, USA - A St. Thomas man and former Unites States Virgin Islands (USVI) government employee is said to be the shooter in a case of devastating apparent domestic violence in Houston, Texas.

The shooting, on Wednesday afternoon November 18, 2020, claimed the lives of three persons and wounded two others. A baby who was also in the home was not harmed.

A local ABC News affiliate station on Friday, November 20, 2020, confirmed that Mark Van Beverhoudt of the Virgin Islands opened fire, shooting four individuals before turning the gun on himself.

Multiple persons in the Virgin Islands have confirmed that Van Beverhoudt is the son of Virgin Islands Inspector General Steven Van Beverhoudt and that Mark, up until recently, was an employee at the Inspector General’s office on St. Thomas.

Mark Van Beverhoudt, his wife, and three-month-old were apparently staying with the Harris family in Houston. Matt Harris, one of his adult daughters, and Van Beverhoudt were killed. Norma Harris and Van Beverhoudt’s wife were injured in the shooting. 

According to the Eyewitness News 13 report, when police responded to a call from one of the surviving victims, officers arrived to find Matt Harris dead in the driveway.

They then located the other victims and the suspect shooter inside the house. The motive behind the shooting is reportedly still under investigation.

3 Responses to “USVI man identified as shooter in Houston murder-suicide ”

  • DA Realist (21/11/2020, 22:01) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    How sad for these folks involved, their families and loved ones...
  • yuk (21/11/2020, 22:25) Like (1) Dislike (12) Reply
    A terrible story for all. Not sure the point of this story other than to disparage the US - and those that the BVI love program, I’d think, want to encourage US tourism. Seems like the BVIs (this article specifically) are casting rocks at a glass house with this. When I’m looking for BVI news I look here. This has zilch do with what’s happening in the BVI and its news.
    • @ yuk (22/11/2020, 10:06) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
      The UsVIAnd VI are connected by body soil,soul and Spirit. We are literally one family. The Van Beverhoudts are a pro$minrnt family and sons and daughters of the USVI akin to The Smiths ,O Neal et al of the Vi ,Kennedy Rockefeller of elsewhere. Our local and regional news is not all about the likes of you and tourists and colonisers...Our lives Matter ...Muck you and your personal preference regarding our concerns about our heart and soul concerns about our families in our Sister Islands.

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