Three shootings reported

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Separate incidents lead to rash of weekend arrests


Staff Reporter

LAPLACE-A series of weekend shootings is under investigation by St. John’s Parish Sheriff’s office.

An attempted burglary sent one suspect to the hospital after he was shot in the buttocks Friday.

Officers received a call about a shooting at 5:01 a.m. Saturday about a man on the ground on 257 Sherman Walker St.

&#8220When police arrived at the scene David Pembrooke 26, of Garyville was lying on the ground and had been shot in the buttocks and later transported to River Parishes Hospital for treatment of the gunshot wound,” said Mike Tregre, spokesperson for St. John Parish Sheriff Office.

&#8220Pembrooke and his brother, Michael Lee, were attempting to steal a window air conditioning unit from the home of Andrew Patterson when Pembrooke was shot,” Tregre said.

Patterson told police that two male subjects approached his home and tried to take the air conditioner from the window and he shouted at them to leave the property. The subjects refused the request and remained on the premises.

&#8220Patterson then went outside and fired a warning shot with a .38 revolver into the ground to get the intruders to leave. When the subjects still didn’t leave Patterson shot twice more and one bullet struck Pembrooke,” said Tregre.

Tregre said Patterson admitted to the shooting and led police to the weapon he used to shoot Pembrooke. Lee then physically attacked Patterson while officers were on the property and was booked with two counts of simple battery and one count of resisting arrest.

Patterson was booked with one count of aggravated second-degree battery and both subjects are currently in custody.

Another shooting involving a Houston woman and her boyfriend occurred in Edgard.

&#8220St. Charles Parish Hospital called the St. John Sheriff’s Office Friday evening to advise them that a woman they were treating there had been shot when she and her boyfriend had an argument,” Tregre said.

Tregre stated that an officer went to St. Charles Hospital to interview Tamara Edward.

Edward told police that she had come in at around 5 a.m. after being out with her boyfriend’s sister in law. The man was irate and demanded that Edward get into the car.

&#8220While they were in the car, Preston Reuben and Edward began arguing and Reuben struck Edward in the face. As they continued to argue, Reuben struck her again. Edward then noticed that Reuben was pulling out a gun and grabbed the barrel of the gun,” Tregre said.

According to police reports, the gun discharged and hit Edward in the left side of her neck and upper rear back. Reuben exited the vehicle and fled. Police issued a warrant for Reuben’s arrest for attempted second degree murder.

The third incident was reported at 425 Magnolia St., police received a phone call at 10:56 p.m. on Friday.

&#8220The caller, a 24-year-old LaPlace man reported that he had been shot in right calf in his front yard,” Tregre said.

Statements made to police advised that a car with three passengers had pulled up to the victim’s home where the man asked if he could help the occupants of the car. The driver then pulled a gun and shot the man in the calf.

Police are still investigating at this time. Will Stelly of St. John Parish Sheriff’s office is investigating all incidents. If anyone has any information about any of these crimes please contact the sheriff’s office at 985-652-9514.