BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) Four people were shot early Sunday in Beaumont after the gunman was confronted by a homeowner whose place had been burglarized, police said.

Police are still searching for the gunman, Beaumont police spokeswoman Officer Carol Riley said.

A man returned home shortly before 2 a.m. Sunday and discovered his residence had been ransacked and burglarized, police said.

Police did not immediately say why people were gathered along the road. Two victims were in the road, another in a drainage ditch and the fourth in a nearby residence, Riley said. Their injuries weren't believed to be life-threatening, Riley said, and all four were taken to a hospital. Police did not immediately provide names of the victims or further details on their conditions

Authorities characterized the incident as aggravated assaults and a burglary.