Morgan City police want to talk to man about shooting

MORGAN CITY, La. --Police are seeking the public’s help in locating a man for questioning in an investigation into a Monday shooting that took place in the area of Orange Street in Morgan City, Morgan City Police Chief Travis Crouch said in a news release.

The man wanted for questioning, Christopher Singleton, 18, is described as 5 feet, 9 inches tall, and 153 pounds, Crouch said. If anyone has any information regarding Singleton’s whereabouts or any additional information regarding the incident, they should contact the Morgan City Police Department’s Detective Division at 985-380-4605, Crouch said.

Two people were wounded in the shooting Monday night after one of those wounded said a vehicle pulled up and began firing a rifle at his vehicle, Crouch said Tuesday.

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 around the Orange Street area near Ingram’s vehicle, which had several bullet holes, Crouch said. Detectives processed the scene and recovered 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 Medical Center 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.

The area where the shooting took place is in close proximity to J.B. Maitland Elementary. Crouch said Tuesday that the investigation is continuing and more arrests are expected.

As of Tuesday, police were looking for a suspect vehicle which was described as a dark colored, older model sedan, possibly a Lincoln Town Car, Crouch said.

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