Family raising funds for paralyzed shooting victim
DENHAM SPRINGS – Family members of Derrick Ardoin, who was shot and paralyzed in a roadside confrontation Dec. 3, are now trying to raise money to help make his home handicap-accessible.
Ardoin’s friends and family are holding a jambalaya benefit Saturday in Denham Springs, and have also set up a bank account at Hancock’s bank.
Ardoin was shot after he was in a wreck while driving home with his girlfriend from a Christmas party. Investigators said he and the other driver, 53-year-old Hollis Johnson, got out of their vehicles and had a confrontation before Johnson shot Ardoin in the neck.
Johnson was arrested in suspicion of attempted 2nd degree murder, and is out of jail on bond at this time.
Doctors told Ardoin’s family he is now paralyzed from the chest down, and will have to use a wheelchair. His family says the injury might also have affected his speech, and he will spend months recovering in the hospital.
People that want to help with Ardoin’s medical bills and other expenses can come to the benefit Saturday at the Denham Springs Walgreens, which is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. They can also make donations to Ardoin’s fund at any Hancock bank.