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Family feud sparks shooting that kills 2, wounds another

September 20, 2021 GMT

NEW ROADS, La. (AP) — Two people are dead and another person wounded after a family dispute ended in gunfire in Pointe Coupee Parish, authorities said.

The triple shooting happened Friday night at a family gathering in New Roads, the Pointe Coupee Parish Sheriff’s Office said.

“To my understanding, it was a family disturbance, family feud, and it escalated in gunshots being fired,” Chief Deputy Brad Joffrion told WBRZ-TV. “That’s very unusual. We are normally a quiet parish.”

A neighbor called 911 to report gunfire in the subdivision, and deputies later learned that a man had shot three of his family members, the station reported.

Two people had been shot in the chest at close range and were found dead on the road. They were later identified as 34-year-old Howard Hollins Jr. and 25-year-old Gerell Hollins. One person suffering from a shot to the hip was flown to a Baton Rouge hospital.

Authorities said the suspect left the residence before deputies arrived, and they were searching for him.