Geismar community rattled by first shooting in years

Geismar community rattled by first shooting in years
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POSTED: Thursday, June 6, 2013 - 5:30pm

UPDATED: Thursday, June 6, 2013 - 5:34pm

One person is wanted, another is dead and a normally quiet community is rattled.

Deputies say Richard Gauthier, 18, played a part in the first murder in the small town in decades.

"It's a friendly neighborhood we've never had any problems in this neighborhood," said local resident, Brenda Stephens.

Brenda and Lester Stephens live only a few blocks from the intersection of Ellem and Stevenson road which is where police found Bernard Solomon, 20, shot to death Wednesday night.

"When I hear about it, it made me feel uneasy because it's right in your back door," noted Brenda.

"I've been living here all my life and we have never had anything happen truly in the while Geismar area," said Lester.

When the couple heard the news, they couldn't believe their ears.

"So when we found out that this had happened, we couldn't really sleep last night," said Brenda.

They also say the cars that drive through their neighborhood could contribute to the spike in violence.

"We find that there is a lot of traffic up and down the street that we are not familiar with," stated Brenda.

Two cars were caught on tape fleeing from the crime scene as well. After investigating, police are on the lookout for three suspects, one whose been named.

Even with suspects lined up, Lester and Brenda Stephen are still uneasy.

“What's going on back there I don't really know but somebody needs to find out and I can say that,” said Lester, “We need to get a handle on what's going on Stevenson road."

Deputies saw a silver Nissan Altima and another maroon colored car. Call the Ascension Sheriff's Office or Crime Stoppers if you have any information that can help them find the suspect or the cars.

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