Posted: Sep 6, 2010 5:17 PM by Chris Nakamoto, Heather Harel
Updated: Sep 6, 2010 6:05 PM
Two men in East Baton Rouge Parish were arrested earlier today when they shot a gun near a subdivision after smoking marijuana. It comes on the heels of a violent weekend that left two people dead and eight others wounded.
19-year-old Joshua Magee and 22-year-old Jason Bazille were arrested after a Louisiana State Trooper who lived in Pride was mowing his grass, heard gunshots and saw a blue Dodge Charger drive by. Deputies stopped the vehicle near the Indian Mound subdivision and found Magee and Bazille in it. Investigators also found a pistol and marijuana in the car.
Authorities said they arrested the two, who confessed to smoking marijuana in the car and then firing the weapon into the air to see if it worked. They said they didn’t fire at any people.
Magee and Bazille are being booked into the parish jail for illegal use of a weapon and possession of marijuana.
Although Magee and Bazille are not accused of any of this past weekend's shootings, investigators are trying to figure out who shot ten people during a bloody 24-hour shooting spree. Officials have not said whether any of the shootings are connected.
Early Saturday morning, Police Chief Jeff Leduff's brother-in-law was killed just blocks from LSU's campus. Two men were arrested in connection with that shooting.
Early the next morning, detectives investigated the shooting of a security guard at The Entertainment Club on Florida Boulevard near Airline Highway. Less than half an hour later, three people were shot outside the Charcoal Lounge.
Baton Rouge police said the only people arrested were those in connection with Chief Leduff's brother's-in-law shooting. Authorities said no one else has been arrested in connection with the six other shootings.
If you can help Baton Rouge Police solve any of these shootings, call them at 225-389-4869.