Shootings in Louisiana: What We Know
- Five people are dead in two separate – but related – incidents.
- The "prime suspect" is 21-year-old Dakota Theriot, wanted for first-degree murder and
- Evelyn Ernest, the mother of one victim and grandmother of two others, told CBS News that her granddaughter and the suspect were briefly in a romantic relationship.
New Orleans – Authorities in Louisiana say separate but related shootings have left two people dead. 21-year-old Dakota Theriot, who is wanted for first-degree murder, illegal use of weapons, and home invasion.
Ascension Parish Sheriff Bobby Webre told a news conference that deputies were called to be a trailer in the city of Gonzales for a "domestic incident" on Saturday morning. Elizabeth and Keith Theriot, both 51
Keith Theriot was taken to a hospital in Baton Rouge, where they later died. From that interview, authorities identified the couple's son, Dakota Theriot, as "our prime suspect in this case." He is on first-degree murder and other charges.
The sheriff said three other shooting deaths occurred Saturday in neighboring Livingston parishes, about 70 miles west of New Orleans. Livingston Parish sheriff Jason Ard confirmed on Facebook that three deaths happened in his parish and identified the victims as Billy Ernest, 43; Tanner Ernest, 17; and Summer Ernest, 20.
There were two juveniles found at the scene, a 7-year-old and a one-year-old, both of whom are safe, Ard said.
Webre said they were shot first and then he shot his parents.
Webre said Theriot had lived with his parents. Webre said he lived briefly with Summer's parents, but there were "no red flags."
Dodge Ram pickup, gray and silver in color. Ard said he was wearing a blue sweatshirt, blue jeans and white tennis shoes. Has two tattoos, one on the upper right side of the chest is on the inside of his right forearm.
Evelyn Ernest, the mother of Billy Ernst and grandmother of Tanner and Summer, told CBS News that Summer and the suspect were briefly in a romantic relationship. She said she's only Theriot.
Livingston Parish Sherriff's office spokesperson Lisa Steele said there is no motive at this time.
Ascension sheriff's spokeswoman Allison Hudson says authorities are working in the two parishes are connected and investigators from both jurisdictions are working together.
This is a developing story and will be updated.