4 dead, 3 wounded in Lafourche, Terrebonne, after multiple shootings

4 dead, 3 wounded in Lafourche, Terrebonne, after multiple shootings
Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office
Friday, December 27, 2013 - 4:34pm

The Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre reported that the suspect in two Thursday night shootings, Ben Edward Freeman, 38, of Houma, was found dead in a vehicle along Highway 90 in Raceland.

Freeman died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

He allegedly shot and killed two people and injured three more in Lafourche Parish.

The two deceased victims were Susan “Pixie” Gouaux of Lockport and Milton Bourgeois of Raceland.

The other three victims were Lafourche Parish Councilman Louis Phillip Gouaux, his daughter Andrea Gouaux, and Ann Bourgeois. They are currently being treated for their injuries and are reported to be in stable condition.

Officers in Terrebonne Parish also discovered the body of Denise Freeman, Ben Freeman’s wife, in their Houma residence. The cause of her death is currently unknown.

The first shooting occurred around 6:40 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 26. Councilman Gouaux called 911 to report that he, his wife, and daughter had been shot.

When police arrived, they discovered Susan Gouaux already deceased. The Councilman and his daughter were transported to a New Orleans hospital for care.

Deputies learned that Ben Freeman was formerly married to the Gouaux’s daughter, Jeanne Gouaux.

About 20 minutes later, Freeman allegedly opened fire at the Bourgeois residence on Highway 308 in Raceland.

Milton Bourgeois, an administrator at Ochsner St. Anne Hospital in Raceland, was shot at close range and suffered fatal wounds. His wife, Ann Bourgeois, was also shot. She was transported to a New Orleans hospital for treatment.

While deputies searched for Freeman, three area hospitals where he’d previously worked were all placed on lockdown.

Freeman’s body was discovered in a vehicle on Highway 90 at approximately 10:45 p.m. Detectives say Freeman used a shotgun in all of the shootings, including the one that ended his own life.  

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