A Gonzales man wanted for murder and attempted murder in a shootout at a city park last month was captured in northern Assumption Parish and waiting Tuesday to be transported to Ascension Parish, authorities said.
More than 70 rounds were fired in a shooting shortly before 9 p.m. on Oct. 8, at Carver Park off Tobey Street in Gonzales, police said. Seven people were sent to the hospital and an eighth person was hit and killed by a fleeing vehicle.
Since then, police had not announced any arrests but said they were interviewing people from both sides of the dispute that triggered the shooting and had executed search warrants.
On Saturday, Assumption sheriff’s deputies happened to catch up with Tyedrius A. Parker, 21, and two others running out of woods near Southall Street in Bertrandville, deputies said.
The sheriff’s department had been responding to a report of shots fired in the small community along Bayou Lafourche and south of Donaldsonville.
Gonzales police said the Bertrandville shooting is not related to the melee in the city park more than a month earlier.
But Parker, of the 40300 block of Black Bayou Road, Gonzales, had been wanted by police in the Carver Park incident on a single count of being a principal to first-degree murder and 12 counts of being a principal to attempted first-degree murder, police said.
Gonzales Police said they were working with the Assumption Parish Sheriff’s Office to bring Parker to Gonzales for booking on the counts.
Police added that “an abundance of physical evidence has been collected in this case.”
“Investigators remain focused on developing a prosecutable case. Persons of interest continue to be developed and (Gonzales police) anticipates numerous arrests,” police said in a statement Tuesday. “Given this size and scope of this incident, Gonzales Police investigators remain committed to arrests that provide the District Attorney with the best prosecutable case, ensuring the responsible parties can and will be prosecuted to the fullest extent,” the police said.
Police have said that three vehicles left at the scene of the shooting — all of which had people in them — and were pocked with bullets.
Police had said last moth that then they conducted 13 search warrants and had recovered four guns but had not found video surveillance to help in the investigation.
Police haven’t said why people were in the isolated park along Tobey Street and behind the Kansas City Southern Railroad tracks on a Sunday night or what the motive for the shooting was.