Police: Deadly shooting started as fight about birthday party flyer, 3 arrested

Police: Fatal shooting started as fight about birthday party flyer, 3 arrested
Published: May. 4, 2016 at 2:45 AM CDT|Updated: May. 6, 2016 at 7:08 PM CDT
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Walter Williams (Source: Baker Police Department)
Walter Williams (Source: Baker Police Department)
Charmaine Wilson (Source: Baker Police Department)
Charmaine Wilson (Source: Baker Police Department)

BAKER, LA (WAFB) - Investigators arrested three people in connection with a shooting late Tuesday night that left one person dead.

The Baker Police Department reported officers were called out to the shooting that happened in parking lot of a store on Baker Boulevard near West Azalea Avenue just before 10 p.m. Police said Richard Phillips, 20, of Baker, was shot in the chest and taken to the hospital.

Police Chief Mike Knaps said Phillips was still responsive on the way to the hospital. However, he died less than 24 hours later.

Knaps confirmed the incident began as a dispute that started seven weeks ago over a flyer for a birthday party. He added the shooting was captured on surveillance video and showed Phillips was not armed.

According to reports, Walter Williams Jr., 19, of Baker, told police he was walking with Phillips to the store when a vehicle pulled up. He allegedly told investigators both MacArthur Johnson, 19, of Baton Rouge, and Charmaine Wilson, 19, of Baker, were in the vehicle. Johnson and Phillips talked about the dispute and all seemed well, according to Williams.

According to police, Williams said a little while later, Phillips then felt uncomfortable and went to talk to Johnson again. He reportedly told police that when Phillips confronted the suspect, who was said to be sitting in the front passenger seat, Johnson allegedly fired a handgun and hit Phillips.

Williams reportedly said he and Phillips ran from the scene. Police said he later identified Johnson as the alleged gunman. Police said they located the suspect's vehicle in Baton Rouge. They reported that it had "obvious damage" to the front passenger window because of a shooting.

Police also found the suspected murder weapon hidden at a location. According to police, a witness said Wilson allegedly gave directions to that location after leaving the scene of the shooting.

A witness reportedly told police Johnson and Wilson were allegedly planning to claim self defense by falsely accusing Phillips of being armed. However, when police confronted Wilson with evidence, they said he changed his statement and denied seeing the victim with a gun. Police added Johnson admitted to shooting the victim, claiming it was self defense, but his accounts did not match up with the video footage the police had of the shooting.

Johnson is charged with second-degree murder, illegal use of a weapon and obstruction of justice. His bond is set at $370,000.

Williams is charged with obstruction of justice because police said he told them he was unarmed during the incident, despite a witness reportedly seeing him with a weapon. He was released Thursday on a $20,000 bond. Police were unable to find the handgun where Williams reportedly told detectives he had hidden it.

Wilson is charged with accessory after the fact to second-degree murder and obstruction of justice. His bond is set at $75,000 plus $280 for a driver's license required charge.

All three suspects were booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.

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