‘I just wasn’t thinking,' says teen charged in negligent Fourth of July shooting, records show

‘I just wasn’t thinking,' says teen charged in negligent Fourth of July shooting, records show
Janosch Belle, 18, faces a negligent homicide charge after shooting a visitor at his home on North Fuller Place near Airline Highway Saturday, July 4, during a Fourth of July barbecue. (Source: EBRSO)

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Janosch Belle, 18, faces a negligent homicide charge after shooting a visitor at his home on North Fuller Place near Airline Highway Saturday, July 4, during a Fourth of July barbecue.

Belle told investigators he was handling a gun described as an “assault-style rifle” before loading the weapon, pointing it at the victim, and firing it, arrest records show.

Belle’s arrest records show he told investigators he consumed alcohol and ”just wasn’t thinking.”

The records state the victim died from a gunshot injury to the head.

Belle was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia after investigators found bongs and marijuana stems in Belle’s bedroom, records show.

Two other shootings were reported shortly before.

Two people with gunshot wounds were taken from the 780 block of East Buchanan Street near Highland Road with serious injuries. A third person died at the scene, officials said.

CLICK TO READ: One killed on East Buchanan Street, two others seriously injured

Two adults and two children were transported with gunshot injuries from 11320 block of Greenwell Springs Road.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers by calling (225)-344-STOP or (225-344-7867).

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