Man, 20, shot in abdomen, left in driveway

Published 12:11 am Wednesday, May 10, 2017

LAPLACE — A Friday night LaPlace street fight ended with gunfire, a 20-year-old shot in the abdomen and a 19-year-old behind bars.

Jacobi Johnson is being held in lieu of a $65,000 bond, with the St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office saying he gave a full confession to detectives.

Jacobi Johnson

The suspect is charged with possession of methamphetamine less than 28 grams and aggravated second degree battery.

A complaint led deputies to the 1500 block of Van Arpel Drive in LaPlace at 8 p.m. Friday, where they discovered a man lying in a driveway with a gunshot wound to the abdomen.

Emergency medical services transported the 20-year-old to a local hospital before he was airlifted to a New Orleans hospital. Police listed his condition as “stable” this week.

“Through investigation, officers learned the victim was walking to a nearby store when a car pulled up and the passenger, later identified as Jacobi Johnson, exited the vehicle,” a Sheriff’s Office release said. “An argument between Johnson and the victim escalated into a physical altercation, and at one point, Johnson pulled out a gun and shot the victim. Johnson then fled the scene on foot.”

Detectives obtained a search warrant and located Johnson inside his Camelia Avenue home. Police said methamphetamine was found inside the LaPlace residence.