Two shootings seen in St. John over weekend

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, March 18, 2008


Staff Reporter

LAPLACE – St. John sheriff’s deputies are investigating a pair of shootings over the weekend that sent three people to the hospital with gunshot wounds, said a spokesperson for the Sheriff’s Office.

Maj. Mike Tregre, public information officer for the St. John Sheriff’s Office, said deputies were called to Big Shots Bar, 1036 W. Airline Hwy., around 2 a.m. Saturday, after reports of a shooting inside the bar room. He said witnesses on the scene said the shots rang out after a physical altercation involving 32-year-old Raymond Clay, 19-year-old Kevin Ferrygood, and other bar patrons.

Tregre said Clay was shot in the left kneecap, and Ferrygood was hit in the right thigh. Both men were treated at River Parishes Hospital in Laplace, then released. Tregre said the victims told investigators during separate interviews that neither knew who had shot them.

Tregre said while deputies were investigating the incident at the bar, more shots rang out from the intersection of Airline Highway and Cambridge Drive.

Upon arrival, deputies found Joshua Fleming, 19, of LaPlace, had sustained a gunshot wound to the face. Fleming was transported to River Parishes Hospital, then transferred to East Jefferson Hospital in Metairie. Fleming is listed in guarded condition in the intensive care unit.

Tregre said both incidents are still under investigation, and that detectives are looking into the possibility that the shootings are related. There is no motive, and no description of the shooter or shooters. He said there were multiple witnesses to both incidents, but no one chose to come forward. Anyone with information on either incident is asked to contact the SJSO at 985-652-9514. Det. Jerry Fountain is the case officer.