Deputies say second lounge shooter could be at large
NEW ROADS - Investigators said they're looking into the possibility a second shooter could have been involved a pair of killings overnight at a New Roads lounge.
Sheriff Bud Torres said in a press conference Wednesday morning that Jamie Croom was wanted for the murders of brother and sister Sinica and Lechelle Williams overnight at the Sugar Shack. WBRZ was there as deputies towed away the victims' car to process it for evidence.
He called Croom the most wanted man in the parish.
"They said they stood over him and was shooting him like I want you to die," Cousin Antoinette Hoffman said.
Deputies said the shooting happened just after midnight when a fight inside the lounge moved out into the parking lot. Investigators said witnesses told them there may have been multiple shooters, and while their forensic investigation is still going on they believe shell casings recovered from the scene came from two different weapons.
"The reports from the scene and from witnesses are saying that there were multiple shooters at the location," Torres said.
According to Torres, Croom is on probation for a gun charge, and they have asked federal authorities for help locating him.
Sinica Williams also has a lengthy rap sheet with arrests for drugs, guns, and attempted murder of a police officer. The sheriff's office said one attempted murder charge against Williams was dropped after the victim stopped cooperating with prosecutors.
As details emerged about the murders, family members were overcome with grief.
Below are the arrest record for Jamie Croom and Sinica Williams provided to News 2 by the sheriff's office.
ARREST RECORD FOR JAMIE CROOM 06/15/1983
9/2000 ARMED ROBBERY, CARJACKING
4/2001 ATTEMPTED AGGRAVATED ASSAULT WITH A FIREARM
1/2005 ATTEMPED SECOND DEGREE MURDER, CONCEALED WEAPON BY A CONVICTED FELON
8/2005 DISTRIBUTION OF SCH.II POSSESSION OF FIREARM BY CONVICTED FELON
9/2005 AGGRAVATED SECOND DEGREE BATTERY
3/2014 ATTEMPTED 2ND DEGREE MURDER, POSSESSION OF FIREARM BY A CONVICTED FELON, AGGRAVATED CRIMINAL DAMAGE TO PROPERTY
ARREST RECORD FOR SINICA WILLIAMS 05/17/1976
11/2003 POSSESSION OF FIREARM, ILLEGAL USE OF A WEAPON, DISTRIBUTION OF MARIJUANA, FELONY CARNAL KNOWLEDGE OF A JUVENILE
7/2004 DISTRIBUTION OF MARIJUANA, POSSESSION WITH INTENT OF DISTRIBUTE COCAINE
1/2005 ATTEMPTED MURDER OF A POLICE OFFICER, DISTRIBUTE OF MARIJUANA, POSSESSION OF SCH. II AGGRAVATED FLIGHT FROM AN OFFICE
6/2008 ILLEGAL USE OF A WEAPON, ATTEMPTED SECOND DEGREE MURDER
6/2008 POSSESSION OF A FIREARM BY A CONVICTED FELON
2/2009 ATTEMPTED SECOND DEGREE MURDER
2/2011 AGGRAVATED SECOND DEGREE BATTERY
7/2013 ATTEMPTED SECOND DEGREE MURDER, ILLEGAL USE OF A WEAPON, POSSESSION OF FIREARM BY A CONVICTED FELON
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