PLAQUEMINE, La. (BRPROUD) — A Friday afternoon shooting after a funeral in Plaquemine left one injured.
“Today, Baton Rouge came to Plaquemine and I don’t like it,” said Iberville Parish Sheriff Brett Stassi.
Sheldon Gales, originally from Plaquemine, was shot on August 3rd in Baton Rouge. A funeral was held for him at the Pilgrim Rest Church that was supposed to be a peaceful Friday afternoon in his hometown.
“These types of crimes, where people are killed, in murder situations. The church is open. You really don’t know whose coming,” said Stassi.
The family and friends of Gales really didn’t know who was waiting for them in the church parking lot. Once the service ended, an argument broke loose while transferring Gales’ body to a cemetery.
“A gun was drawn, and one individual was shot 2 to 3 three times in the lower extremities,” said Stassi.
18-year-old Anthony James of Baton Rouge is the prime suspect in this case. The 17-year-old victim whose name has not been released yet was transported to an area hospital.
“At this time, we don’t know of any relations, friendship, or what was the connection,” said Stassi.
BRProud reached out to family and friends that attended the funeral, but we’re too traumatized to speak.
“Even though we have him in custody, that’s not the end of the investigation,” said Stassi.
James has been charged with attempted second-degree murder until proven guilty. This is still an ongoing investigation.
This is still an ongoing investigation. If anyone has any information that can help Iberville Sheriff’s Office, you can reach them at 225-687-3553. The other option is to call Crime Stoppers at 225-344-7867.