Detectives investigate two shootings in Hammond on Mardi Gras

Detectives investigate two shootings in Hammond on Mardi Gras

HAMMOND, LA (WAFB) - Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office is investigating two separate shootings that happened early Mardi Gras morning in Hammond.

Detectives are looking into the shooting of an 18-year-old black man who checked into North Oaks Medical with non-life threatening injuries around 4:30 a.m. Tuesday. He suffered two gunshot wounds to his leg.

The victim told detectives that several people were playing dice outside an apartment on Rufus Bankston Road when an argument started between two people. One of them allegedly pulled out a black semi-automatic gun and fired several shots hitting the victim twice.

Detectives say the suspect is a black male, weighing about 120 pounds, and was last seen wearing a black hoodie and brown pants.

Detectives with TPSO are also looking to a second shooting that happened around 9:30 a.m. the same morning. The victim, 19-year-old Gerrell Lee, was shot and killed while in a car.

According to TPSO, someone called 911 to report that the passenger in his vehicle had been shot. The caller said that he was started by a loud popping sound while driving near the intersection of Rufus Bankston Road and Wardline. Soon after he realized Lee, who was his passenger, had been shot and died from a gunshot wound.

Detectives are talking to witnesses who were in the area during the time Lee was shot.

TPSO believe the two shootings to be completely separate incidents. Investigations into both shootings are ongoing.

Anyone with information on either shooting is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 554-5245.

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