Man who allegedly killed grandmother & went on crime spree released from hospital

Aaron Morgan, 28, was released Aug. 12th from the hospital after he was shot by EBR deputies for a crime spree on Aug. 1, an early Sunday morning.

He is now being held at Hunt Correctional facility’s medical wing.

Morgan was remotely booked while in the hospital. He’s charged with:

-1 count first degree murder

-5 counts attempted first degree murder

-2 counts theft of a motor vehicle

-2 counts illegal use of weapons or dangerous instrumentalities

-3 counts aggravated criminal damage to property

-2 counts attempted carjacking

-5 counts aggravated assault on a peace officer

-1 count theft of a firearm

-1 count attempted aggravated burglary

All of this comes after a busy morning on Sunday, Aug. 1, 2021 that started in the 7600 block of John Newcombe Ave. in a neighborhood off Perkins Rd. Deputies said they responded to a home for a domestic dispute that was called in by a neighbor.

Morgan is accused of killing his grandmother before injuring his mother and taking off with his mother’s vehicle and a gun. That’s when authorities said he headed to the Highland area and allegedly shot multiple people, stole another vehicle before finally being shot and arrested by deputies near Jefferson and Bluebonnet.

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According to his arrest warrant, Morgan “stabbed two individuals (one deceased at the 7600 block of John Newcombe Ave.), shot multiple people during the carjacking attempts (18100 block of Highland Rd.), shot another victim in their vehicle (9600 block of Jefferson Hwy.), pointed a firearm at police officers, and attempted to gain entry to an apartment while armed with handgun (4300 block of Inniswold Rd.).”

Once inside the home of the first scene on John Newcombe Ave., deputies said they found Morgan’s grandmother, Dianne Gafford, 78, suffering from multiple stab wounds. Deputies also found Morgan’s mother, 60, in the driveway with a stab wound to the neck.

According to the warrant, Morgan had left the scene before deputies arrived. Meanwhile, EMS transported Morgan’s mother to a hospital. She told authorities that “she received a call from her mother, who stated her grandson, was acting strange,” according to the warrant. That’s when the mother drove home in her 2009 Lincoln MKZ where she met Morgan at the carport door. The mother said she asked Morgan “why there was blood in the residence.”

The warrant states that Morgan told his mother that he “got into a fight with a neighbor.” That’s when officials said Morgan allegedly stabbed his mother, unprovoked, multiple times in the chest and they got into a fight.”

Morgan is accused of then stealing his mother’s vehicle and a .9mm Glock, which he used to flee the scene.

Officials said Morgan had been living with his grandmother for about two months. Deputies said they found her lying on her back on the floor in Morgan’s bedroom. Meanwhile, his mother was found with severe bruising and swelling on her face and had a plastic ligature around her throat.

Deputies said in an attempt to escape law enforcement, Morgan then fled to Ascension Parish and returned back to East Baton Rouge Parish where he turned into the parking lot of Alexander’s Market located at 18111 Highland Rd.

That’s when officials said Morgan “shot a male in the upper body while he attempted to carjack a vehicle. Morgan then shot two females who sustained life threatening injuries when he attempted to carjack a second vehicle. Morgan ultimately stole a White Toyota Highlander that was unoccupied which he used to flee the area.”

Deputies located Morgan and started chasing him. That chase ended in the parking lot of CVS located at 9608 Jefferson Hwy.

A concerned citizen saw Morgan enter the parking lot and called police. That’s when Morgan allegedly got out of his vehicle and shot at this person hitting the front passenger window with a bullet that exited the front driver side window. This person had minor injuries from the glass breaking.

Once Morgan is released from the hospital, he will be taken to the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.

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