TPSO investigating two drive-by shootings in Loranger

LORANGER– The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating two drive-by shootings that took place over the weekend in Loranger.

Deputies responded to a reported drive-by shooting on Highway 40 near Highway 445 around 11:23 p.m. The victim told deputies she was traveling on Highway 40 when she noticed a vehicle approaching from the rear with its hazard lights on.

Without coming to a complete stop, the victim pulled to the shoulder of the roadway to allow the vehicle to pass safely. The vehicle, identified as a small red car with tinted windows, pulled in front of the victim and slowed down. 

The victim saw an arm extend from the front passenger window and observed a pistol in the person’s hand. The subject then fired the weapon twice in what is believed to have been an attempt to force the victim to stop. However, after seeing the muzzle flash, the victim fled the area.

Two minutes later, the sheriff’s office received a second call reporting a similar incident on Highway 40 east of Highway 445. The second victim said she was driving on Highway 40 when she observed an unknown black male standing near a small red four-door car with activated hazard lights. While passing the vehicle, the driver heard gunshots and realized her vehicle had been struck. The second victim was also unharmed. 

Detectives urge the public to stay alert for the vehicle matching the description and to be mindful of their surroundings while driving. Anyone with information regarding the identity of the suspects or anyone who has further knowledge of these or similar incidents, to contact Sergeant Wylie Foster at 985-748-3337, or to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa’s anonymous tip line at 1-800-554-5245 or visit www.tangicrimestoppers.com and click on the P3 Tips icon or Submit A Tip! You may be eligible for a cash reward.

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