Louisiana shooting leaves 5 dead; suspect at large

Louisiana shooting leaves 5 dead; suspect at large

Louisiana shooting leaves 5 dead; suspect at large

Authorities in Louisiana say a shooting has left five people dead in two parishes.

WAFB reports that the Ascension Parish shooting was the one in which the suspect allegedly killed his own parents.

"Dakota Theriot lived there for a brief period of time but was recently asked to leave the residence and not to return", Webre said.

Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office photograph.

Separately on Facebook, the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office said two people were shot to death in the city of Gonzalez. Deputies arrived at the scene and were able to interview one of the victims before both died.

Webre said they believe the suspect is heading east and that there was no reason to think he was now targeting someone else but warned that because he's armed and risky: "Anybody he comes into contact with could be a target".

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Dakota Theriot, is suspected of killing two people in Ascension Parish and three people in Livingston Parish, which are just east of the state capital, Baton Rouge.

Webre said a triple homicide that occurred Saturday in the neighboring parish is considered to be a related incident.

Dakota may be driving a silver 2004 Dodge pick-up with the license plate number C583809. We are working in conjunction with the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office as we believe our case is connected to a homicide investigation in that parish.

"There's a lot of family members that are hurting right now and our prayers go out to those family members.they're looking at us to solve this crime", Webre said.

The victims, Billy Ernest, 43, Summer Ernest, 20, and 17-year-old Tanner Ernest, were found dead Saturday morning, the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office said.

Weber cautioned the public: If you see the vehicle, notify the authorities and do not approach it.

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