DUTCHTOWN, La. (BRPROUD) — Three men were arrested in connection to a Thursday shooting on Highway 74.
The Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office identified the three suspects as Brandon Ellis, 27, of Darrow, Armarius Williams, 20, of Darrow and Marques Gipson, 18, of Geismar.
Detectives learned that Gipson was leaving a store when he was approached by Ellis and Williams, according to APSO. All three allegedly fired shots at each other. Bullets hit a nearby store and some parked cars, but no injuries were reported.
“I want to thank and commend all our deputies for their quick response and arrest of suspects in this incident; their professionalism, training and determination was evident,” said Sheriff Bobby Webre. “Let this be a message to those who intend to inflict harm on the citizens of Ascension that we will not stand by and allow violence to overtake our community. By the grace of God, no innocent bystander was hurt, or worse, killed.”
The shooting forced a middle school in the area to go into a temporary lockdown as deputies searched for the suspects.
Ellis faces charges of attempted second-degree murder, aggravated flight, possession of stolen vehicle, possession of firearm by convicted felon and illegal use of a weapon.
Williams faces charges of attempted second-degree murder, aggravated flight, reckless operation of a motor vehicle, aggravated damage of property, illegal use of a weapon, possession of a stolen vehicle and possesion of stolen plate.
Gipson faces charges of four counts of attempted second-degree murder, five counts of aggravated damage to property, illegal use of a weapon and possession of a stolen firearm.
The investigation is ongoing.