Shooting victim remains in serious condition

Published 12:00 am Saturday, October 30, 1999

LEONARD GRAY / L’Observateur / October 30, 1999

GARYVILLE – A 26-year-old Reserve man remains in serious condition after being shot by a man in a passing vehicle while driving Saturday night on Airline Highway.

Capt. Michael Tregre of the St. John Parish Sheriff’s Office reported thatthe shooting victim is still in intensive care at River Parishes Hospital in LaPlace, awake and talking but unable to provide investigators with any additional information.

Tregre said the man was driving a 1994 Ford Escort with a female passenger at the time of the incident.

According to Tregre, the couple had been on the west bank of the parish and he was driving her home just before midnight, when another vehicle pulled alongside near Superior Scrap at Louisiana Highway 54.

The man later told police someone opened fire from the other vehicle and he was struck twice – in the left leg and left side. The passenger wasunhurt. Police later counted six bullet holes in the Escort’s side.Shot twice, the man was nonetheless able to continue driving to Historic East Street in Garyville and to a pay phone to call police.

The victim was transported to River Parishes Hospital for treatment of his injuries. He underwent surgery on Wednesday and was being held in theintensive care unit. No description of the vehicle, nor of the gunman, wereavailable.

Anyone having information in this incident is urged to call Detective David Marchand at 652-2773 or 652-6338.

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