Five men arrested after brawl over $20 drug dispute turns into shooting
BAKER - Five men were arrested after a brawl over a $20 drug dispute turned into a shooting.
On April 21 around 11 p.m., detectives with the Baker Police Department were called to investigate the scene of a shooting in the 1700 block of Landry Drive. Detectives were informed the suspects that were shooting fled the area in a silver Dodge Charger and were believed to be fleeing to Rileyville in Clinton.
According to arrest records, officials found out the reason for the shooting was that a juvenile was disputing with Jordan Bradford, 19, of Baker over a failed $20 drug transaction.
The juvenile reportedly gave Bradford $20 to purchase marijuana, but Bradford never provided the minor with the marijuana and did not return his money, telling him to count the $20 as a loss.
Over the span of several weeks, Bradford and the juvenile exchanged threats between each other through phone calls, texts and other social media, according to arrest records.
On April 21, the two mutually agreed to meet up to physically fight each other. Bradford then reportedly walked from his residence to the juvenile's house on Landry Drive.
When Bradford arrived, the juvenile was accompanied by his brother, Tyler Elliott, 19, of Baker, Elliot's cousin Chrishawn Wilson, 19, of Jackson, and Dajaron Perry, 19, of Baker. A large fight then ensued, according to arrest records.
After the fight ended, Elliott retrieved a 22 semi-auto assault type rifle from his silver Dodge Charger and began firing rounds at Bradford as well as the seven other others in the front yard of the house.
Elliott then entered the Dodge Charger and fled north on Landry Drive. As his vehicle fled past the house where the incident occurred, Wilson then began discharging at least five to six rounds from a .380 semi-auto handgun while in the driver's side rear seat, firing toward the victims standing in the front yard, according to arrest records.
As the investigation into the incident continued, detectives contacted the East Feliciana Parish Sheriff's Office for assistance in responding to the Rileyville are of Clinton to locate the suspect's vehicle.
EFSO deputies located, detained and transported Elliott, Wilson, Keller, and Perry, where they located the firearms used in the drive-by shooting inside Elliot's vehicle. Deputies also located the minor in questioning at his grandmother's home in Ethel, where the other suspects had dropped him off prior to arriving in Clinton.
Detectives then contact the suspects at the EFSO jail and advised them of their rights per Miranda, and transported them to Baker PD for further investigation.
Detectives conducted a search of Elliott's vehicle and found a 22 cal. spent casing in the dashboard's defroster vent, as well as a red box containing approximately 77 rounds of Winchester 22 caliber Long Rifle ammunition in the center console. A pint jar containing approximately 21.77 grams of high-grade marijuana, a digital scale and smoking mask/tube were also discovered in the trunk.
All five were processed and booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.
Bradford was charged with disturbing the peace by fistic encounter, criminal mischief and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Elliot was charged with attempted first-degree murder (8 counts), possession of a firearm in the presence of a controlled drug substance, illegal discharge of a weapon, disturbing the peace by fistic encounter, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia (2 counts).
Wilson was charged with attempted first-degree murder (8 counts), illegal discharge of a weapon, disturbing the peace by fistic encounter and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Keller was charged with principle to attempted first-degree murder, disturbing the peace by fistic encounter and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Perry was charged with criminal mischief, disturbing the peace by fistic encounter and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.