Sheriff: Victims targeted in car shootout

Published 12:08 am Saturday, July 18, 2015

LAPLACE — Two victims were shot Tuesday in Belle Pointe Subdivision, and St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff Mike Tregre said one of the suspects was released from jail Monday.

Sheriff’s Office dispatchers received a call from Ochsner River Parish Hospital at 3:55 p.m. Tuesday, where personnel reported a 30-year-old male walked into the emergency room with a gunshot wound to his back, near his left shoulder.

“Thirteen minutes later dispatchers received a call, and the caller stated that he was driving from the Belle Pointe Subdivision to Ochsner River Parish Hospital for treatment of a gunshot wound,” Tregre said via a release.

Tregre said the 29-year-old male caller drove himself to the hospital but later refused treatment and left against the advice medical personnel.

He sustained a gunshot wound to his arm.

The 30-year-old victim was transferred to a New Orleans-area hospital for treatment, and Tregre said he is expected to make a full recovery.

“We are confident we know who one of the shooters is, but we’re not getting any cooperation from the victims,” Tregre said, adding authorities have every reason to believe the victims and suspects knew each other.

“This is not random at all,” Tregre said, but acknowledged there is no known motive.

A third passenger in the car, a 28-year-old man, told investigators he was a passenger in the rear seat of the car during the shooting but was uninjured.

The 30-year-old victim was the driver, officials said, and the 29-year-old victim was the front seat passenger.

Tregre said the initial investigation revealed possibly two shooters fired multiple shots in the direction of the car, which detectives said had just stopped when the shooting began.

No other property or people were hurt in the shooting, Tregre said, adding several tips from the community have aided in the investigation.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the St. John Parish Sheriff’s Office TIPS line at 985-359-TIPS or Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.

Those with information about the shooting who call Crimestoppers do not have to testify in court and may qualify for a cash reward.

Residents can also submit tips on the Sheriff’s Office website at