POSTED: Monday, July 9, 2012 - 5:01pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, July 10, 2012 - 1:00pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — The man believed to be responsible for a shooting on the Mississippi River Bridge during the Fourth of July celebration downtown is behind bars today. Officials say the incident stemmed from a fight between the two men that began in Port Allen.
The Baton Rouge Police Department reports that Eric Jackson, 35, of Port Allen was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison today for Attempted Second-Degree Murder, Illegal Use of a Weapon and Felon in Possession of a Firearm.
The shooting happened a short distance away from the big Fourth of July fireworks display on the levee. At the same time that families were preparing for the big event, Police officers were swarming the Mississippi River Bridge in response to the shooting incident.
We’re told that the suspect and victim had been involved in an altercation that started in Port Allen earlier that same day. The two were allegedly arguing over a women with whom they have mutual interest.
According to reports the victim was driving his vehicle on the Mississippi River Bridge near the Nicholson Exit when Jackson allegedly pulled up in his vehicle and began shooting at the victim.
The victim was transported to a local hospital and traffic was shut down for several hours.
Jackson was questioned by detectives on the night of the shooting, and initial reports indicated that Jackson had been arrested. However, he was released after questioning due to a lack of evidence. Investigators continued to question witnesses, who later identified Jackson as the shooter.