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Deputies continue to investigate double murder in Donaldsonville

Victim's vehicle stolen during shooting (Source: APSO) Victim's vehicle stolen during shooting (Source: APSO)
Suspect vehicle in Donaldsonville double shooting (Source: APSO) Suspect vehicle in Donaldsonville double shooting (Source: APSO)
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DONALDSONVILLE, LA (WAFB) -

Ascension Parish Sheriff Deputies are using every tool necessary to catch the suspects involved in Monday's double murder.

Officials said the shooting happened at 3:30 p.m. on Latino St. in Donaldsonville.

Chad Nichols, 37, and Benny Booker, 29, were both killed in the shooting. Nichols was found dead in his yard, and Booker was found shot in the street. He was taken to the hospital where he later died.

Authorities say Nichols' vehicle was stolen during the shooting, and deputies are scanning surveillance video to see where the 2007 white Dodge Magnum may be.

Chief Deputy Tony Bacala said this type of violence can happen anywhere, but admits there has been a growing trend in the city.

"Honestly, it's a violent drug culture that is taking place, which is the root cause of much of what's going on. That's what we've been attacking," said Bacala.

Stacey Carter is the manager of Minnie's Café in the Historic District in Donaldsonville. She said this isn't a connotation of the city.

"Violence is everywhere. It just so happened Donaldsonville has had a tragic week," she said. 

She also believes that law enforcement can't do it all. "As a community we really need to look out if someone's kid is doing something, then we need to intervene some way."

This is the city's third shooting incident in less than a week. Last week a teenager was shot in the face and a deputy was shot in the hand during a traffic stop.

If you know any information that can help investigators solve the double shooting case, you are urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 225-344-STOP (7867).

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