Tangipahoa deputies searching for man wanted for attempted murder

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Posted on April 23, 2012 at 7:01 PM

Updated Monday, Apr 23 at 7:02 PM

Doug Mouton / Northshore Bureau Chief
Email: dmouton@wwltv.com | Twitter: @dmoutonwwl

Hammond, LA -- One man is dead and two others critically wounded in two separate, unrelated shooting overnight Sunday in Tangipahoa Parish.

Ronald Vail, 59, of Hammond, is in the Tangipahoa Parish Jail, charged with the second-degree murder of 42-year-old Joseph Daigle of Metairie.

According to Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Officr detectives, the shooting happened around 11:30 p.m. Sunday at 42308 Jerome Drive in Hammond.

"The suspect, Vail, was at the residence of some acquaintances of his," said Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Officr spokeswoman Dawn Panepinto. "Apparently, an argument ensued, Vail armed himself with a weapon and shot the victim center chest."

Detectives wouldn't say what the argument was about, but said witnesses in the home identified Vail as the shooter. According to investigators, Vail was still at the home when deputies arrived, and he was taken into custody without incident.

Roughly three hours later, around 2:45 a.m., an unrelated shooting took place on Central Avenue in Roseland.

"It's reported that vehicle one, a Honda CRV, was traveling slow," Panepinto said. "Vehicle two pulls up behind vehicle one. Vehicle one pulls over to let vehicle two pass. Apparently, the driver pulled over to see what was going on. He approaches the car."

At that point, investigators said, an argument ensued and the driver of vehicle two, 31-year-old Deseree Johnson, opened fire on the two occupants of vehicle one, shooting both. Those two men are now in critical condition.

It's early in the investigation, but detectives believe Deseree Johnson may have been impaired at the time of the shooting.

For now, investigators don't know whether it was an incident of road rage or not, but they said Johnson knew the victims, and the victims positively identified Johnson as the shooter.

Tangipahoa Parish deputies are now searching for Johnson, who is wanted on two counts of attempted murder. Detectives said Johnson should be considered armed and dangerous. If you know of Johnson's whereabouts, you're asked to call Tangipahoa Parish Crimestoppers at (800) 554 - 5245.

 

 

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