Police looking for suspect, arrest another after fatal Reserve shooting

Published 4:29 pm Monday, December 14, 2015

RESERVE — St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies are searching for a Reserve man wanted in connection with a Saturday shooting in the community that left one man dead and another hospitalized.

Bryant Hayes Jr.

Bryant Hayes Jr.

St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff Mike Tregre identified the suspect as Bryant Hayes Jr., 28. Hayes is wanted for attempted first-degree murder and illegal use of a weapon.

Juan Alexander

Juan Alexander

One of the two men shot Saturday in Reserve died Sunday. Tregre identified the victim as Demario Gray, 29, of Reserve.

Tregre said Gray succumbed to his injuries Sunday, adding the condition of the second wounded man is unknown.

Detectives identified the second victim as a 30-year-old Reserve man. His name has not been released.

Gray’s death marks the sixth homicide in St. John the Baptist Parish this year.

Detectives also announced the arrest of Juan Alexander, 38, of LaPlace in connection with the shooting. Deputies arrested Alexander on Chad B. Baker Street in Reserve Monday. He was booked with attempted first-degree murder, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and illegal use of a weapon.

St. John deputies responded to the 1100 block of Louisiana 44 in Reserve at 12:15 p.m. Saturday following a report of gunshots in the area.

Deputies located a man with a gunshot wound at the scene, Tregre said.

A second man with a gunshot wound arrived in a private vehicle at Ochsner Medical Complex-River Parishes emergency room in LaPlace.

Both shooting victims were taken to a New Orleans-area hospital for treatment, authorities said.

Investigators did not immediately release details of the shootings.

Anyone with information regarding the shootings is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office TIPS line at 985-359-TIPS or Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111. Residents who call Crimestoppers do not have to testify and may qualify for a cash reward.

Tips can be submitted at http://stjohnsheriff.org/submitatip.php.