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Priest critical, 2 of his siblings injured in Ponchatoula shooting in family dispute

31-year-old Casey Hallford and 19-year-old Arianni Williams were arrested for the shooting.

PONCHATOULA, La. — Two Ponchatoula residents have been arrested and three are injured after a family dispute turned into a shooting on Tuesday, according to a press release the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office.

Our partners at The Times-Picayune | New Orleans Advocate identified one of the victims as Baton Rouge priest Ryan Hallford.

All three victims were taken to the hospital. Two of them were released from the hospital, but Baton Rouge priest Ryan Hallford is in critical condition.

According to TPSO, the incident happened at the Toula Oaks Mobile Home on South Range Road around 11:00 a.m. Wednesday. 

The sheriff's office said that while 31-year-old Casey Hallford was in a dispute with siblings, he had gone into his bedroom, retrieved a firearm, and then shot one of his siblings.

Hallford allegedly chased his retreating siblings into their bedrooms and shot both before fleeing into the woods with 19-year-old Arianni Williams, who was seemingly an accomplice.

The press release said that a caller heard at least 15 gunshots during the incident.

Deputies and a K9 search team were able to locate the duo and take them into custody.

Hallford was charged with three counts of attempted first-degree murder and one count of illegal discharge of a weapon.

Williams was charged with principle to attempted first-degree murder.

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