BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Authorities have arrested three men, including the accused killer, in connection with a deadly shooting at an apartment complex.
The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office reported Demarcus James, 20, of Prairieville, was arrested Thursday at a hospital. He is suspected of shooting Jared Vincent, 22, of Baton Rouge, to death. Aaron Hargrove, 19, and Patrick Anderson, 20, both of Prairieville, also face charges.
The shooting happened on Ridge Pecan Drive in Baton Rouge early Wednesday morning. Investigators found Vincent dead inside his apartment around 5 a.m. Detectives said they discovered a large amount of marijuana inside the apartment, along with evidence of a struggle and gunfire.
Deputies reported Hargrove told them he went with James to Vincent's apartment to buy marijuana. They said Hargrove stated he stayed outside, while James went inside to negotiate the price with Vincent, and later heard gunfire. According to reports, Hargrove told investigators he shot Vincent's roommate in the back when the unidentified man ran out of the apartment. The victim's roommate was taken to the hospital and is expected to survive.
EBRSO said it is believed James walked out of the apartment a short time later with a handgun and fled the scene before detectives arrived. According to reports, he arrived at a hospital in another parish Wednesday morning suffering from several gunshot wounds. Deputies said they found James at the hospital Thursday evening and took him into custody. He has been booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on a charge of first-degree murder.
Reports indicate Anderson went to the hospital Wednesday with a gunshot wound to the hand. He reportedly told detectives a family member arrived at his home with several pistols and blood on his clothes. The relative allegedly told Anderson the pistols had been used in a shooting in Baton Rouge earlier that morning.
Anderson reportedly told investigators he agreed to clean the pistols and hide them. He alleged one of the handguns accidentally went off while he was unloading it and that's how he was shot in the hand. Detectives said they found two hidden pistols believed to have been used in the shooting.
Hargrove was booked into the parish prison on charges of principal to first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder. Anderson faces a charge of obstruction of justice.
The investigation into the deadly shooting is ongoing.