Police arrest two teens in connection to Memorial Day triple shooting
BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Police say they have arrested the two teens suspected of fatally shooting three people at a Baton Rouge apartment complex on Memorial Day.
A 1-year-old girl was among the three people killed that day.
Authorities announced Thursday, June 10 officers arrested David Williams, 19, and a 15-year-old juvenile. Both will be booked on three counts of first-degree murder and illegal use of a weapon.
Authorities say anonymous Crime Stoppers tips played a “vital” role in the arrests of Williams and the 15-year-old suspect.
Four people either had prior knowledge of the planned shooters or assisted the killers after the shooting, police said.
Three others, including a juvenile, were taken into custody Tuesday, police said. Christopher Stovall, 23, has been booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Jail as a principle to three counts of first degree murder and illegal use of a weapon, Latoya Coleman, 36, is charged with two counts as an accessory after the fact to first-degree murder.
Coleman is also accused of helping Stovall evade capture in Texas, according to arrest records. Her bond is set at $160,000. The conditions of her release are the wearing of an ankle monitor, random drug screens, and no travel out of state without approval from the court.
Police said the killers left the state of Louisiana after the shootings.
Detectives say the two killers walked into the gated pool area at Fairway View Apartments on College Drive just before 8 p.m. on May 31 and opened fire.
Two males, Dwayne Dunn, age 16, and Reginald Thomas, age 20, died at the scene.
Ja’Tyri Brown, the one-year-old, was playing near the pool and was also hit by gunfire. She later died at a hospital.
Police said Tuesday they have not established what led to the shootings.
Mayor Sharon Weston Broome issued the following statement on the latest developments:
“As of today, the Baton Rouge Police Department has made an arrest and issued additional warrants for the shooting that occurred last week at the Fairway View Apartments. This action was made possible by the work of our Baton Rouge Police Department and the support of our community.
As we move forward, we must remember the tragic nature of gun violence in Baton Rouge and how it can be prevented. Just as the community helped in this case, we look to our residents to also help prevent future violence by reaching out to law enforcement before it occurs.
This shooting resulted in the death of an innocent bystander who was only one-year-old. My sincerest condolences continue to be with the family and their loved ones. As a community, we must work collaboratively to prevent further tragedies by speaking out before it is too late.
Again, I want to thank our residents who provided the valuable information which allowed our officers to make an arrest. My hope is that as we move forward, this partnership will continue to allow us to not only solve crimes, but to prevent them.”
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