2 wounded in Morgan City shooting
MORGAN CITY, La. — Two people were wounded in a shooting Monday night after one of those wounded said a vehicle pulled up and began firing a rifle at his vehicle, according to Morgan City Police Chief Travis Crouch.
Beginning at 11:47 p.m. Monday, Morgan City police received at least three separate reports of gunshots in the area of Federal Avenue and Orange Street in Morgan City, Crouch said.
Officers arrived at the scene and discovered two people with apparent gunshot wounds. One of the people at the scene was identified as Ray Clifton Ingram III, 20, of Orange Street in Morgan City, who provided officers with a description of what had taken place, Crouch said.
Ingram gave officers a description of a vehicle which, according to him, arrived at the scene, at which time the occupants exited the vehicle and began firing a rifle at Ingram’s vehicle which was parked, Crouch said.
Ingram said that after the initial shots were fired, he retrieved a handgun and began to fire several rounds in the direction of the people shooting at him, Crouch said. Ingram also said he made attempts to conceal his handgun from investigators by handing it to a bystander to throw in the river, Crouch said.
Officers began to search the scene where they found more than 20 shell casings scattered about the area of Orange Street near Ingram’s vehicle, which had several bullet holes. Detectives began to process the scene and recover evidence and statements from witnesses.
The two people who were wounded in the gun fight, Ingram and another person, Dequante Wesley, were transported to Teche Regional where they were treated for non-life threatening injuries and released, Crouch said. Ingram had wounds to his chin, nose and hands that may have been from bullet fragments or glass from the vehicle, he said. Wesley had bullet fragments in his shin and hands, Crouch said.
During the investigation, detectives were able to recover two handguns from the scene, one of which Ingram admitted to be his weapon, Crouch said. Detectives also located a small amount of suspected marijuana inside Ingram’s vehicle, he said.
Ingram was arrested and charged with illegal use of a dangerous instrumentality, obstruction of justice, illegal carrying of a weapon while in possession of a controlled dangerous substance, and possession of a firearm within 1,000 feet of a school firearm-free zone. He was booked and is awaiting bail.
The area where the shooting took place is in close proximity to J.B. Maitland Elementary. The investigation is continuing and more arrests are expected, Crouch said.
If anyone has any information regarding this incident or regarding the suspect vehicle which was described as a dark colored, older model sedan, possibly a Lincoln Town Car, contact the Morgan City Police Department’s Detective Division at 985-380-4605 or local law enforcement agency, Crouch said.