Officials offer reward in double homicide, gun used was same one in 4 New Orleans shootings

Officials offer reward in double homicide, gun used was same one in 4 New Orleans shootings - 5 p.m.
2007 white Dodge Magnum with license plate YPC 682 that was stolen during shooting (Source: Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office)
2007 white Dodge Magnum with license plate YPC 682 that was stolen during shooting (Source: Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office)
Suspect car believed to be 2006-2011 BMW 3-series (Source: Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office)
Suspect car believed to be 2006-2011 BMW 3-series (Source: Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office)

DONALDSONVILLE, LA (WAFB) - Investigators are now offering a reward for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the suspect responsible for a deadly double shooting and have discovered a connection to other shootings.

The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office reported a $7,500 reward is now available in connection with the shooting deaths of Chad Nichols, 37, and Benny Booker, 29, both of Donaldsonville. Authorities also said the shootings have been linked to New Orleans.

Maj. Kevin Hanna with APSO said the gun used in the shooting is the same one used in four separate shootings in New Orleans between 2011 and 2013.

Nichols was found dead in his yard on Latino Street after the shooting and Booker was found shot in the street. He was taken to the hospital where he later died. Deputies said heroin was found inside Nichols' home.

"Both Nichols and Booker may have been robbed during a drug deal gone bad," Chief Deputy Tony Bacala with APSO said in a written release.

Detectives said Booker's vehicle was stolen during the shooting and deputies are scanning surveillance video to see where the 2007 white Dodge Magnum may be. It has license plate YPC 682. A second car, which appears to be a 2006-2011 white BMW 3-series was captured on surveillance video traveling with the Dodge Magnum.

The Magnum was last seen heading towards New Orleans on I-10 near the LaPlace exit about 30 minutes after the murders. The BMW has a temporary tag in the back window and a dealership logo tag where the license plate is usually displayed. The dealership logo tag is described as possibly having blue lettering and a design somewhat similar to an American flag.

Anyone with any information about the shootings or the cars is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 225-344-7867.

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