EBRSO: Ongoing feud between roommates escalates into deadly shooting

Published: Jun. 23, 2021 at 6:55 AM CDT|Updated: Jun. 23, 2021 at 7:16 AM CDT
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BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a shooting at a Baton Rouge apartment complex that left one person dead and another injured on Wednesday, June 23.

EBRSO said James Jerrell McCants, 27, was killed by his roommate, Channin Sells, 21, originally from Lake Charles. Deputies added Sells has been arrested on charges of first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder. The second victim is a woman. She is expected to survive.

Officials said the shooting happened at the Meadows Apartment complex at the corner of Nicholson Drive and Gardere Lane around 3 a.m.

According to the probable cause report, there was an ongoing dispute between the roommates that escalated when McCants allegedly returned to the apartment intoxicated and started banging on the door to Sells’s bedroom while cursing. It added as the bedroom door opened, Sells grabbed a gun and shot McCants several times and then fired at the woman.

The investigation is ongoing.

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