Argument in Ascension parking lot leads to shooting

UPDATE: (1/20/2023): The Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested three men in connection to an incident in a Dutchtown parking lot on Hwy. 74 on Thursday, Jan. 19th.

Brandon Ellis of Darrow, Armarius Williams of Darrow, and Marques Gipson of Geismar were all arrested and facing several charges including attempted second degree murder, aggravated flight and possession of a stolen firearm.

Deputies found a vehicle involved in the incident and arrested two people, Brandon Ellis and Armarius Williams, who fled from deputies. Detectives then learned that a third suspect, Marques Gipson, was also allegedly involved in the shooting incident. He was found at a nearby home along Hwy 74.

During their investigation, detectives learned Gipson was leaving a store when Ellis & Williams approached him. The three men opened fire at each other, with bullets hitting a nearby store and several parked vehicles. 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. 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,” said Ascension Parish Sheriff Bobby Webre.  

Ellis, 27, is charged with attempted 2nd degree murder, aggravated flight, possession of stolen vehicle, possession of stolen plate, possession of firearm by convicted felon and illegal use of a weapon.

Williams, 20, is charged with attempted 2nd degree murder, aggravated flight, reckless operation of a motor vehicle, aggravated damage of property, illegal use of a weapon, possession of stolen vehicle and possession of stolen plate.

Gipson, 18, is charged with four counts of attempted 2nd degree murder, five counts of aggravated damage to property, illegal use of a weapon and possession of a stolen firearm.

ORIGINAL (1/19/2023): Ascension Parish deputies responded to a call for shots fired around 10am on Thursday, Jan. 19th.

Officials say two men got into argument that led into them shooting in the parking lot of a few businesses on Hwy. 74.

Thankfully, no one was injured in the shooting and the gunfire did not hit anyone.

Deputies did find a vehicle involved in the incident and arrested two men who initially fled from deputies.

The scene has since been secured and deputies say they are not looking for any additional suspects.

This is an ongoing investigation. Further details may be limited at this time.

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