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Police: Teen arrested for shooting woman picking up kids

August 20, 2021 GMT

HOUMA, La. (AP) — A teenager accused of shooting a grandmother while she was waiting to pick up her grandchildren from school in south Louisiana has been arrested.

Jamanie Dotch, 17, was arrested Thursday on a charge of attempted second-degree murder in the shooting that happened near St. Francis de Sales Elementary, Houma Police Chief Dana Coleman said in a news release Friday.

The teenager had escaped in June from the bridge City Center for Youth in Jefferson Parish. He’s accused of shooting the 60-year-old woman as she was waiting in a school pickup line Aug. 6, investigators said.

The woman was shot in the stomach. She was listed as stable at an area hospital, authorities said.

Coleman said police received a tip Thursday evening that the teenager was walking in a Houma neighborhood. When officers arrived, they took him into custody. A semiautomatic pistol was found near where the teenager was arrested.

The teenager is being held in the Terrebonne Parish Juvenile Detention Center.