RIVER RIDGE, La. -- Jefferson Parish detectives arrested a man in connection with a River Ridge shooting Tuesday.
According to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office, Demond Stewart, 21, of Jefferson, was booked with one count of attempted second-degree murder for shooting Dillon Morgan, 18.
Stewart confessed to shooting Morgan over a drug deal for marijuana, according to the sheriff's office.
Stewart was found at a home in New Orleans, but at his home in Jefferson Parish, investigators found a gun that it is believed to be the weapon used to shoot Morgan, said a statement from the sheriff's office. A ballistic analysis of the weapon, along with shell casings found on the scene, were a match to the weapon seized from Stewart’s apartment.
Morgan was shot in the head just after 7:30 p.m. in the 2000 block of Oak Creek Drive in Jefferson.
Neighbors told Eyewitness News he ran out onto the street, calling for help before collapsing.
Detectives combed shrubs, bagged evidence and questioned neighbors about the shooting.
Morgan was shot in the neck and forehead and was rushed to the hospital for treatment, and while there’s no word on his condition, officials say his injuries are life threatening.
According to JPSO, a witness reported seeing two subjects standing in the street inside of the apartment complex. Immediately following what was believed to be a gunshot, one of the subjects fell to the ground and the remaining one fled on foot.
Neighbors told Eyewitness News that they heard an argument followed by gunshots, in a neighborhood that rarely sees this type of violent crime.
The shooting was a shock to residents like Eric Brown, who lives nearby.
“Thankfully it looks like there's a good police response. It was fast from what I hear, and they seem to be working very hard. That's encouraging," Brown said. "But someone was shot in the head. What do you say about that?"