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7 men face charges in multiple shootings

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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The Multi-Agency Homicide Task Force released the names of the seven men charged in connection with multiple shootings throughout East Baton Rouge Parish over the past year and a half.

The task force arrested four of the seven men. Two were already in custody. The final suspect turned himself in to authorities.

Below is the list of suspects.

  • Ryan "Sneaks" Carroll (16) of Baton Rouge
  • Kendrick Johnson (19) of Baton Rouge
  • Adrian Pittman (36) of Baton Rouge
  • Johnathan Rogers (17) of Baton Rouge
  • Eddie Stewart (16) of Gonzales
  • Jared Williams (20) of Baton Rouge
  • Michael Louding (17) of Baton Rouge

The task force said the suspects seem to be sorting out turf issues using gunfire. According to Baton Rouge Police Chief Jeff LeDuff, they are using guns as a permanent solution to temporary problems. While not all of the crimes are related, family members of one victim said the man accused of killing their loved one was bold enough to stay at the crime scene and comfort them.

Carroll was arrested by investigators.

He was indicted for two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Charles Matthews, 37, and Darryl Milton, 25.

They were killed while sitting inside a Cadillac on Monte Sano Avenue on April 1, 2010.

Carroll was also indicted for attempted first-degree murder in the the shooting of a man in the 5000 block of Tioga Street on March 6, 2010.

The victim was shot in the arm while sitting in a car parked in a driveway.

Johnson turned himself in to authorities.

He was also indicted for two counts of first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of Matthews and Milton.

Pittman was taken into custody by detectives with the task force.

He was indicted for first-degree murder in the death of Terry Boyd, 35.

Boyd was shot through a window while he was inside his home on Vermillion Drive.

It happened on Oct. 21, 2009.

Rogers was another suspect arrested by authorities.

He was also indicted for two counts of first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of Matthews and Milton.

Stewart was apprehended by investigators.

He was indicted for two counts of attempted first-degree murder.

According to the task force, the first victim was shot while inside their home in the 5000 block of Tioga Street on Feb. 22, 2010.

In the second shooting, they said the victim was shot at the same location, but as they got out of their car.

The second shooting happened on March 6, but detectives did not say if the same victim was shot both times.

Williams was already in custody with the Louisiana Department of Corrections.

He was indicted for first-degree murder in the death of Marcus Thomas, 20.

Thomas was shot while driving his SUV on West McKinley Street on April 25, 2009.

Louding was also already in custody.

He was arrested May 14, 2010 for attempted second-degree murder in connection with a shooting that happened on Feb. 22, 2010.

The victim was shot while inside their home in the 5000 block of Tioga Street.

Louding was charged on May 20 with two counts of first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of Matthews and Milton.

He was indicted for three counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Chris "Nussie" Jackson, Marcus Thomas and Terry Boyd.

Jackson, 33, was shot to death inside a home on America Street on Feb. 9, 2009.

The other two deaths are related to previously mentioned murders.

He was also indicted for one count of second-degree murder in the death of Michael Smith, 19.

Smith was found shot behind a home on Wisteria Street on Dec. 18, 2009.

Rancheia Milton is the sister of victim, Darryl Milton. She said Louding tried to comfort her after the shooting took her brother's life. She is very confused by the whole incident.

"I just want to know why," she said. "He called me his sister. He was like a brother to me."

Other relatives also expressed Louding's willingness to be close to the family following the tragedy.

"He actually came to the funeral," said Erica Curry, the victim's cousin. "He kissed my aunt. He came to grandma's house afterward."

The task force said the community is in the midst of a juvenile crime crisis.

"Why did you shoot? Because he looked at me wrong. He mean mugged me. He took my girlfriend," LeDuff said. "The village has to turn in the child before the child turns on the village. If you see it, you have to say it. You have to work with us."

Officials said these arrests are not the end of the investigation. Detectives are still looking into the murders. They added the fact this type of task force was developed indicates the seriousness of cleaning up the communities around Baton Rouge.

The task force is made up of the Baton Rouge Police Department, East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana State Police, the East Baton Rouge District Attorney's Office, U.S. Marshal's Service and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.


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