UPDATE: Possible Motive Revealed in Soldier's Shooting
POSTED: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 - 8:11pm
UPDATED: Saturday, December 3, 2011 - 11:17pm
Police: Gooding Was Steadman's Supervisor, Filed Disciplinary Action Against Him
EL PASO – A possible motive has emerged in Monday's shooting that left a mother of three dead, and her husband wounded.
Police now say Lykisha Gooding and James Steadman were assigned to the same unit at Ft. Bliss.
According to police, Gooding was Steadman's supervisor and there was pending disciplinary action that had been filed by Gooding against Steadman.
Police said Steadman went to the home Lykisha and Kelvin Gooding (pictured above) around 6:45 Monday morning. The home is located in a gated community in the 3700 block of Coco Palm.
Police said Steadman shot Kelvin Gooding one time in the face at the front door. According to investigators, Steadman then went upstairs and confronted Lykisha Gooding and fired several rounds, killing her.
Despite the gunshot wound on his face, police said Kelvin Gooding exchanged gun fire with Steadman as he fled, hitting him in the upper thigh. Police said there was a young child inside the couple's home who escaped unhurt during the shooting. Police said Kelvin Gooding is expected to survive.
Police said Steadman drove home to his apartment in the 8900 block of Kenneth. Steadman then got into a fight with his wife at their home and during the fight he was shot in the upper torso. Steadman died from that gunshot wound. Police have not released the name of Steadman's wife. Police will not say if she will face charges.
Fort Bliss confirmed both Steadman and Lykisha Gooding were soldiers. Fort Bliss officials would not confirm that Kelvin Gooding is a soldier, citing HIPAA laws.
According to her website, Lykisha Gooding was an aspiring country music singer, and a mother of three.
Police are still investigating.