Sheriff: Suspects responsible for shooting 2 women, 3 children are ‘cold-blooded killers’

Sheriff: Suspects responsible for shooting 2 women, 3 children are ‘cold-blooded killers’
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POSTED: Monday, April 22, 2013 - 6:24pm

UPDATED: Monday, April 22, 2013 - 6:35pm

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff had strong words today when describing in more detail a shooting that made victims of three children and two women.

“The fact of the matter is that these are cold-blooded killers,” Sheriff Newell Normand said.

It all started at about 4:30 a.m. at an apartment complex located in the 2300 block of Lapalco Boulevard. There was a knock at the door, and then the suspects allegedly opened fire.

“We recovered at the scene 19 AK-47 shells along with several 9mm shells at the scene and we recovered a couple weapons as well at the other scene off the Interstate,“ Sheriff Normand said.

Although there were several people inside of the home, only five were injured. They include two women and three children all under the age of 2.

“Either all or part of the four that we arrested got into a verbal altercation at a bar in New Orleans east about 6 weeks ago and they were talking about either one or some of the four being responsible for killing the friend of what we believe might have been a potential victim at 2300 Lapalco. This story continues. As a result of the altercation is what brought us to this point in time.”

Normand does not believe any of the individuals involved in that prior altercation were in the home at the time of the assault.

As it would happen, deputies were already in the area to make another arrest. They were stationed at Helen Cox School located next door to the shooting scene. Their intent was to arrest Glen Houston, 20, who was due to arrive at the school with a group of students returning from a field trip.

“Houston was wanted on warrants for Aggravated Assault on an Officer, Aggravated Criminal Damage, Resisting an Officer, Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Possession with Intent to Distribute Narcotics,” he said. “Immediately after making that arrest, as he exited from the bus, shots rang out next door…those officers actually saw the perps leave the scene and get into a Honda Accord and we set chase of the perpetrators.”

The chase continued across the Crescent City Connection into the jurisdiction of the New Orleans Police Department. Those officers joined in the pursuit and it all ended near the Superdome.

“They abandoned the vehicle and went back down the exit,” he said.

One suspect, Frankie Hookman, 21, jumped from the overpass and sustained leg and head injuries. The remaining suspects, Davante Robertson, 19, Charlie A. Gumms, 18, and Lashawn Davis, 20, were also apprehended and arrested.

Sheriff Newmand explained that the suspects are connected to several shooting instances around the parish since 2012.

“The investigation continues as it relates to these four individuals in order to determine any other criminal activity they may be involved in,” he said.

All of the victims are expected to recover from their injuries.

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