Amelia man charged in shooting

MORGAN CITY, La. — A 19-year-old Amelia man was arrested for three counts of attempted first degree murder Saturday in connection with an Aug. 19 shooting in Morgan City, Morgan City Police Chief Travis Crouch said in a news release.

Christopher Jamal Singleton, 19, of the 100 block of Friendship Alley in Amelia, was located by a St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s deputy and arrested at 8:56 a.m. Saturday on warrants for three counts of attempted first degree murder.

After the shooting, officers located numerous shell casings and weapons, Crouch said. The shooting took place on Orange Street in Morgan City on Aug. 19. Officers learned that a person had arrived at the scene, produced a rifle and began to fire shots at three people sitting in a parked vehicle, Crouch said.

Ray Clifton Ingram III, 20, of Orange Street, who was shot in the incident, was arrested in August for 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.

Ingram provided officers with a description of what had taken place, Crouch said in August.

Ingram told police 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.

During the shooting, Ingram and another man both sustained gunshot wounds, and were taken to Teche Regional Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries and released, Crouch said.

Singleton is being held at the St. Mary Parish Law Enforcement Center in Centerville on a $250,000 bail. The investigation is ongoing and there may be more arrests, Crouch said.

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