Accused shooter was investigated for attempted arson

Published: Sep. 13, 2011 at 12:45 AM CDT|Updated: Sep. 19, 2011 at 2:19 PM CDT
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Courtney Williams (Source: East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office)
Courtney Williams (Source: East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - He turned himself in after being accused of a quadruple shooting over the weekend, but police said he's been a wanted man for weeks and was even the target of an arson investigation.

The Baton Rouge Police Department said it's a tale of domestic violence. The girlfriend made complaints about her ex-boyfriend and left home to stay with a friend's family. Now, three people are dead.

The police tape is gone. In fact, if it weren't for the evidence marker on the column and the rose in the mailbox, it would be hard to remember the house was crawling with cops last Saturday.

"Don't feel real," said Caresa Lastrapes. "It's like she still here, but she gone. It really don't feel real."

Lastrapes said she knew the three women shot to death inside the house. Investigators said Courtney Williams, 21, is the alleged shooter.

"We have witnesses, information and evidence that puts him in the house," said L'Jean McKneely with BRPD. "It's no doubt about it. He is the guy that committed this crime."

According to McKneely, Williams has a history of domestic violence involving his ex-girlfriend, Clarissa Cobbing, who was staying with a friend's family after Williams allegedly beat her at her home.

"About a week ago, he apparently kidnapped her daughter," McKneely explained.

Neighbors said the owner of the house, a 76-year-old wheelchair-bound grandmother told Williams to stop coming by the home. Sometime last week, a neighbor reported seeing Williams pouring gasoline around the house. He allegedly ran off after being seen.

Then on Saturday, Baton Rouge police surrounded the house after getting calls about a shooting. Inside, they found Cobbing, her friend Brittany Lee and Lee's grandmother all dead.

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