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Police: Man on the run after shooting sisters at family gathering; one dead, another hospitalized

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BATON ROUGE - A man accused of killing one sibling and shooting another at a family gathering was taken into custody Thursday.

Police say Gerald McDowell fatally shot his 18-year-old sister, Kevineisha McDowell, in the head and shot his other sister, 27-year-old Anntaesha McDowell multiple times in the torso. The surviving sister was hospitalized with serious injuries. 

"The shooter became upset and shot two sisters, killing one. The other is fighting for her life in the hospital," BRPD Sgt. L'Jean McKneely said.

Officials said the shooting happened near the corner of Geronimo Street and Ozark Street around 10 p.m. as family members were gathered for a "celebration of life event" where they were raising money to pay for their brother's funeral. The sibling, identified as Kevin Dunn Jr., was shot and killed just last Thursday.

The shooter reportedly ran away from the event and avoided arrest for several days. 

"It's a tragic situation. They were actually there celebrating the life of somebody else who had been shot and killed."

People close to the situation tell us Kevineisha had just given birth two months ago. Anntaesha has three children of her own and has been looking after her seven siblings since their mother died in 2016.

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