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Sunday, August 24, 2008

[LA] Fire Captain Young shoots Darlene & Marissa, then kills himself

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Investigators are hoping the two women recovering from gunshot wounds [Young's estranged wife, Darlene Young & Marissa Jasamine] will help them figure out why a veteran fire fighter shot them and then killed himself...

The shooter was identified as Louis Young, 52. Young was a fire captain who had been with the Baton Rouge Fire Department for more than 20 years...

...According to neighbors, one of the women met Young at the door, but when she saw he was carrying two handguns and a samurai sword, she tried to bar the door. Young shot her in the head... The second victim barricaded herself in the bathroom but Young apparently fired multiple times through the door, striking her in the chest and head... Multiple bullet holes were found in almost every room. A third woman living at the home was able to grab her 16-month-old child and flee...

...The house was being rented out by Darlene Young’s sister-in-law... The sister-in-law is believed to be the woman who escaped with the child in her arms...

...[St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office spokesman Jimmy] Darbonne said they could not disclose which victim received the gunshot wound to the mouth and which received the wound to the head...

..."He [Young] was going to come and bring her divorce papers and when he got to the house he had two guns and a sword around his neck"...

...Meantime, fellow firefighters in Baton Rouge are shocked and say they didn't see this coming...

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    Shooting in St. Landry Parish Update
    KATC, LA
    Posted: Aug 22, 2008 02:40 PM
    Updated: Aug 22, 2008 08:47 PM

    Investigators are hoping the two women recovering from gunshot wounds will help them figure out why a veteran fire fighter shot them and then killed himself.

    The shooting happened this afternoon in the northern St. Landry Parish community of Bayou Current. That's between Melville and Palmetto.

    Deputies tell KATC that Louis Young was a Baton Rouge Fire fighter for 25 years. They say they're not exactly sure what pushed him over the edge and why he started shooting.

    "She came over bleeding and screaming, I've been shot, I've been shot," said neighbor Billy Henagan.

    Billy Henagan describes the frantic moments after Louis Young alledegly shot his ex-wife.

    "She was bloody and hysterical," said Henagan.

    Neighbors ran over to Henagan's house to try and help and they brought the woman inside. While waiting for the ambulance, witnesses say, that's when she told them what happened.

    "He was going to come and bring her divorce papers and when he got to the house he had two guns and a sword around his neck," said Christie Ducote.

    "She said she tried to close the door but she couldn't because he was too big. So she ran to the back of the house and he shot her, from what I can understand, through the wall," said Ellen Ducote.

    Police say, Darlene Young and Marissa Jasamine, along with another woman and a toddler were in the house when young busted through the door. They say Young and Jasamine were shot and air lifted to the hospital. The other woman and the todler made it out. Only Louis Young remained inside.

    "When we got here we determined the suspect was still in the house we asked him to come out. He never responded so at that point we called in our task force and when we entered the house we found him dead inside," said St. Landry Sheriff Bobby Guidroz.

    Guidroz said, two guns and a samurai sword were next to Young.

    Both Darlene Young and Marissa Jasamine remain in the hospital. Jasamine is listed in critical condition.

    Meantime, fellow firefighters in Baton Rouge are shocked and say they didn't see this coming.

    http://www.katc.com/Global/story.asp?S=8886696&nav=menu209_1

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    BR firefighter wounds two, kills self
    The Advocate, LA, Acadiana bureau
    By JASON BROWN
    Aug 22, 2008 - UPDATED: 9 p.m.

    A veteran Baton Rouge fire fighter shot and injured his estranged wife and another woman Friday afternoon and then turned the gun on himself as authorities surrounded his estranged wife’s home in northern St. Landry Parish.

    Sheriff Bobby Guidroz said the shooting occurred around 1:47 p.m. at a residence in a rural community north of Melville off of La. 105 and La. 360 near Bayou Current.

    The shooter was identified as Louis Young, 52. Young was a fire captain who had been with the Baton Rouge Fire Department for more than 20 years, according to Barry Mounce, a spokesman with the Baton Rouge Fire Department.

    According to Jimmy Darbonne, spokesman for the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office, Young broke through his estranged wife’s door and began shooting at the people inside.

    Wounded were Darlene Young, 37, and Marissa Jasamine, 26. Authorities said they were unsure Friday evening as to whether Young and Jasamine were related.

    Louis Young shot one victim in the mouth and another suffered a grazing wound to her head. Both women survived the attack and were transported to a Lafayette hospital for treatment.

    As of 8:30 p.m. Friday, Darlene Young was in stable condition and Jasamine was in critical condition in ICU, Darbonne said.

    Darbonne said they could not disclose which victim received the gunshot wound to the mouth and which received the wound to the head.

    Guidroz said a third woman escaped uninjured with a toddler in her arms. Their identity was not released.

    When deputies arrived at the scene, they found both victims outside of the home. Guidroz said a deputy had to pull one of the women off the porch and move her to a safer location.

    Once both women were safe, Guidroz said deputies surrounded the home and forced their way inside where they found Louis Young dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

    Mounce said Young had been working in Baton Rouge at Fire Station 14 on Harding Boulevard.

    “Obviously, it’s a tragic situation,” Mounce said. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of the family’s of the victims involved.”

    Guidroz said his office was assisted by Louisiana State Police and the Port Barre and Palmetto police departments.

    Staff writer Kimberly Vetter contributed to this story.

    http://www.2theadvocate.com/news/27297874.html

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    Domestic dispute turns into tragedy
    (Opelousas) Daily World
    William Johnson
    August 23, 2008

    BAYOU CURRENT - A domestic dispute Friday afternoon turned tragic, leaving one man dead and two women in serious condition from multiple gunshot wounds.

    Dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound is Louis A. Young, 53. Young, who lives in the 100 block of Gum Street in Melville, is a firefighter with the Baton Rouge Fire Department.

    Transported to Lafayette General Hospital by Acadian Air Med Ambulance were Young's estranged wife, Darlene Young, 47, and Marissa Jasmine, 26.

    Both were listed in serious but stable condition Friday evening.

    According St. Landry Parish Sheriff Bobby Guidroz, his officers were called to a rental property at in the 4500 block of La. 360 in the far northern part of the parish at 1:40 p.m. in response to a domestic dispute with shots fired.

    Officers arrived to find one woman, bleeding heavily, lying in the roadway.

    They were able to get the second woman out of the building and the Sheriff's Hard Entry And Tactics unit then surrounded the small house.

    "We tried to contact the man inside but got no response," Guidroz said.

    The HEAT team then forced entry into the building and discovered Young dead from what they believe was a self-inflected gunshot wound to the head.

    According to neighbors, one of the women met Young at the door, but when she saw he was carrying two handguns and a samurai sword, she tried to bar the door.

    Young shot her in the head. While the matter is still under investigation, officers believe Young then went through the house seeking the other women.

    Multiple bullet holes were found in almost every room.

    A third woman living at the home was able to grab her 16-month-old child and flee out of the back of the house.

    The second victim barricaded herself in the bathroom but Young apparently fired multiple times through the door, striking her in the chest and head.

    "This is a shock, a big shock for our little community," said neighbor Brandi Guillory, whose child attends Palmetto Elementary with Jasmine's two daughters. The children, who attend first grade and fourth grade, were at school at the time.

    "I always felt safe around here. This is the kind of place were people leave their doors unlocked. Now I'm not so sure," Guillory said.

    She said the women had moved into the house about two months ago.

    http://www.theadvertiser.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080823/NEWS01/808230309

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    Sheriff’s Office releases shooting details
    The Advocate, LA, Acadiana bureau
    By JASON BROWN
    Aug 24, 2008 - UPDATED: 12:05 a.m.

    BAYOU CURRENT — A shooting in northern St. Landry Parish left a Baton Rouge firefighter dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound and two women survivors recovering from their wounds in a hospital on Saturday, an official said.

    The shooting occurred in the 4500 block of La. 360 near La. 105 at 1:47 p.m. Friday. The house is located in a rural area north of Melville.

    The two survivors have been identified as Darlene Young, 37; and Marissa Jasamine, 26. One victim was shot in the mouth and the other received a graze wound to her head, authorities said.

    The shooter was identified as Louis Young, 52, of Melville, a 20-year veteran of the Baton Rouge Fire Department who held the rank of captain.

    Darlene Young was Louis Young’s estranged wife. Jimmy Darbonne, spokesman for the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office, said Louis Young broke through the door and “came into the house shooting.”

    Young was armed with two handguns and a samurai sword, he said. A third woman was in the house, but she managed to escape unharmed with a toddler in her arms.

    The two women shot by Young also escaped and were later transported to a Lafayette hospital.

    When authorities entered the home, they found Young had committed suicide by gunshot.

    “It’s a nasty, nasty deal,” said Billy Henagan, who lives across the street from the shooting scene and owns the house where it happened.

    He was taking a nap Friday afternoon when shots were fired. He awoke to the sound of screams outside his home.

    He said Darlene Young was covered in blood and screaming that she’d been shot. He said the woman had lived in the house for about two-and-a-half months.

    The house was being rented out by Darlene Young’s sister-in-law. He said the sister-in-law is believed to be the woman who escaped with the child in her arms.

    Henagan recalled seeing Louis Young several times before Friday’s shooting.

    “He was a very happy and likable fellow every time I saw him,” Henagan said.

    http://www.2theadvocate.com/news/27319559.html

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