UPDATE: Second arrest for mall shooting, first shooter may be released


POSTED: Saturday, January 7, 2012 - 10:55pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - 6:11pm

THIS IS AN NBC33 NEWS UPDATE: East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Detectives have arrested Johnny Williams for the shooting that occurred Saturday evening at the Mall of Louisiana in which two innocent teenage bystanders were shot. Following EBRSO's initial arrest, based on multiple witness statements and positive identifications, detectives received a Crime Stoppers tip that Williams was the shooter. Detectives continued to investigate the incident in order to carry out due dillegence and gathered enough evidence to charge Williams and release the prior arrestee.

Johnny Williams, 17, of Baton Rouge. is charged with 4 Counts of Attempted First Degree Murder.

According to reports, Williams had a verbal altercation with another man outside the mall. As a result he fired several shots at the man and struck two teenage bystanders. The bystanders were transported to a local hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

When detectives questioned Williams, he admitted to firing the weapon. Williams was also found to have an Active Warrant for Armed Robbery that was issued by BRPD.

Williams was transported and booked into Parish Prison on the above listed charges.

Anyone with information concerning the incident is asked to contact the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office at 225-389-5000. Crime Stoppers is also offering a cash reward for anyone with information leading to the arrest of those responsible. Contact Crime Stoppers anonymously at (225) 344- STOP or (225) 344-7867.

THIS IS AN NBC33 NEWS UPDATE: Detectives have arrested Meco Damon Green, 17, of Baton Rouge for 4 Counts Attempted First Degree Murder for allegedly firing shots that struck two male juveniles, missed a third and were intended for a fourth.

Detectives learned a verbal confrontation occurred between the accused and the intended victim in the court yard area between two businesses, near Mall of Louisiana Boulevard. The Accused brandished a handgun and the intended victim fled on foot. The Accused allegedly fired his weapon multiple times in the direction of the intended victim and the fired bullets struck victims 1 and 2 who were innocent bystanders.

Green was booked into parish prison on the above listed charges. This case is still under investigation and other arrests may be pending. More information will be released as it becomes available.

THIS IS AN NBC33 NEWS UPDATE: According to reports, a group of people (possibly juveniles) were congregating between the Rave Movie Theater and the Dillards. Some of the males in the group were allegedly having an altercation with another group of males when allegedly shots were fired. Two male juveniles, not involved in the altercation were both struck by bullets. Both males were transported to a local hospital with non life-threatening injuries. Several black males were seen fleeing the scene toward the canal. Detectives are still investigating.

Anyone with information pertaining to this incident is asked to contact the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office at (225) 389-5000 or CrimeStoppers anonymously at (225) 344-STOP (7867).

ORIGINAL STORY: East Baton Rouge Deputies say two people are in the hospital after a shooting at the Mall of Louisiana.

It happened just after 9:30 near Dillards.

Deputies tell NBC33 News the victims injuries aren't life threatening.

Stay with NBC33TV.com for more information as it becomes available.

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