Community shocked by deadly LaPlace business shooting

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Posted on February 25, 2014 at 11:36 PM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 26 at 4:10 PM

Tania Dall / Eyewitness News
Email: tdall@wwltv.com | Twitter: @taniadall

LAPLACE, La. -- The deadly double shooting in LaPlace led to a lockdown of nearby schools and sparked a massive search for those responsible.

The violence has left community members in shock.

"We were in the back working, grounding some steel, two detectives walked over and asked if we'd heard anything," said Oliver Barrett III, an employee of Tri-Parish Welding located not far from where shots rang out.

Tuesday afternoon appeared to business as usual in the St. John the Baptist Parish neighborhood, but a few yards away the owners of LaPlace Feed and Supply were under siege.

"It's awful. The two people that got shot were real nice people. I usually go there to buy my vegetables for my spring garden. It's terrible," said Barrett.

The St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff's Office says someone robbed the small business at gunpoint. The assailants shot 58-year-old Constance Finckbeiner and her husband, 63-year-old Steven Finckbeiner, who authorities say died at scene.

State public records show the couple have owned the property since November 1985.

"We didn't really know the people. Come, on a feed store?! They're older folks," said Hilton Leonard.

The violence unfolded not far from where Leonard's son, Joshua, goes to daycare. The facility was one of four put on lockdown shortly after deputies arrived at the murder scene on Sleepy Redwood Street.

"It's unfortunate that this happened. The most important thing we can do is pray for the family of the people who got injured and the children who did this, their families," said Leonard.

 

 

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