Suspect arrested in connection with Prescott Rd drive-by shooting

Suspect arrested in connection with Prescott Rd. drive-by shooting

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office have arrested a suspect in connection with a drive-by shooting last month.

On May 28, Sheriff's Deputies responded to a call of shots fired in the 7700 block of Prescott Road. When deputies arrived at the scene they found that the home had been struck by gunfire. At the time of the shooting there were six people inside of the home including four children.

Detectives interviewed witnesses who said they heard the gunshots and witnessed a tan Chevrolet Tahoe with a black stripe along the side speeding away from the scene.

The Tahoe was later pulled over in a traffic stop by East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Deputies after it was found traveling at a high rate of speed in the area.

According to deputies, during the stop they discovered a handgun inside the vehicle in plain sight along with two spent shell casings and a live round of ammunition matching the caliber bullet found at the scene.

The driver of the vehicle, 27-year-old Montrell Shelton and his passenger were both detained and taken in for questioning.

According to a probable cause report, Shelton admitted that the vehicle and the gun was his but denied that he was involved in the shooting. He was subsequently released pending further investigation.

Detectives later confirmed that Shelton and one of the residents at the home were involved in an ongoing dispute. Louisiana State Police Crime Lab also confirmed that shell casings found at the scene matched the handgun found in Shelton's vehicle the night of the shooting.

Shelton was arrested Monday and booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison where he has been charged with six counts of attempted first degree murder, illegal use of a weapon, assault by drive-by shooting and aggravated criminal damage to property.

Shelton is currently being held on a $335,000 bond.

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