Five arrested in connection to Donaldsonville shooting

On Thursday, April 14, 2022 Ascension Parish Sheriff’s detectives arrested five suspects in connection to a shooting incident in Donaldsonville.

  • Jeremiah Preston, 20, of Donaldsonville, is charged with attempted second-degree murder and illegal   use of a weapon
  • Mickie Batiste, 24, of Donaldsonville, is charged with attempted second-degree murder, illegal use of a weapon, illegal carrying of a weapon, and disturbing the peace
  • Byron James, 21, of Donaldsonville, is charged with principal to attempted second-degree murder, principal to illegal use of a weapon, and disturbing the peace
  • Walter Bell, 21, of Gonzales, is charged with principal to attempted second-degree murder, principal to illegal use of a weapon, and disturbing the peace
  • Jahiem Knockum, 19, of Donaldsonville, is charged with attempted second-degree murder, illegal use of a weapon, illegal carrying of a weapon, and disturbing the peace

On April 8, 2022 around Noon, deputies responded to a shooting on St. Vincents St. in Donaldsonville. Upon arrival, deputies found a man suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. Doctors were able to stabilize the victim. He is expected to survive.

Detectives were able to find evidence that allegedly connected Preston, Batiste, James, Bell and Knockum to the shooting. Detectives are actively looking for a sixth suspect identified as Myron Forcell, 20, of Donaldsonville. He will be charged with principal to attempted second-degree murder, principal to illegal use of a weapon, and disturbing the peace.

Anyone with information regarding this shooting incident or that may help detectives locate Forcell is urged to call the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office anonymously at 225-621-4636 or by texting 847411 the anonymous tip line from any cellular device or Greater Baton Rouge Crime Stoppers at 225-344-STOP (7867). You must call Greater Baton Rouge Crime Stoppers immediately to receive a cash reward.

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