Update: Two snared in attempted murder case

Published 1:11 pm Friday, May 29, 2015

LAPLACE — Two local men have been arrested following the Memorial Day shooting of an 18-year-old man in LaPlace.

Jeremiah Smith

Jeremiah Smith

Sgt. Dane Clement said the victim, who resides in LaPlace, has been released from the hospital, adding he had no information to release regarding a motive for the shooting.

St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded at 3:26 p.m. Monday to Sunnyside Drive and Creole Street in LaPlace’s Belle Pointe Subdivision following a report of gunshots.

Lawrence Dennis

Lawrence Dennis

Sheriff Mike Tregre said deputies located six male subjects between 17-19 who said they were shot at.

“One teenager was shot in the leg,” Tregre said in a release. “The 18-year-old victim that sustained the gunshot wound was transported by EMS to an area hospital for treatment. No one else was injured.

“The teenage victims told deputies they were shot at in front of a residence in the 1700 block of Creole Street. Deputies reported a car and a house were hit with gunshots during the (shooting).”

Deputies received information from residents, who said those responsible for the shooting were traveling in a gray Buick.

Deputies located the car, occupied by two subjects, in a parking lot at River Road and East 13th Street in Reserve, Tregre said, and detained Jeremiah Smith, 20, of Delta Drive in LaPlace and Lawrence Dennis, 18, of East 10th Street in Reserve.

Dennis is booked with six counts of attempted second-degree murder and two counts of aggravated criminal damage to property.

Clement said Dennis is being held at another agency’s booking facility.

Detectives booked Smith with principal to attempted second-degree murder. He remains incarcerated in lieu of a $150,000 bond set by Judge Mary Becnel.

Dennis’ bond has a “no 10 percent” clause, which Clement said means 10 percent of the bond couldn’t be posted for release, unlike other bonds.

He said the bond option is discretionarily used by the judge who sets the bond, and is typically attached in violent crimes.