An investigation Monday into reports of fighting in Amelia led to a further investigation of gunfire and the seizure of nine full-bred and mixed-breed pit bulls.
Deputies investigating a complaint of several men fighting on Friendship Alley received a second call reporting a shooting from the same area, according to the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office. Although no injuries were reported, deputies and detectives detained several people and processed evidence of a gun being fired.
During the investigation, a deputy located the nine “improperly kenneled” dogs behind a home in the 100 block of Friendship Alley, the Sheriff’s Office said. The dogs were turned over to St. Mary Parish Animal Control, and the St. Mary Parish Humane Society was contacted.
Both the shooting and the dog discovery remain under investigation.
One man on the scene, 22-year-old Vincent Thomas Jr., of 106 Mount St. in Morgan City, was arrested on warrants for failing to appear on third-offense marijuana charges, operating a vehicle with a suspended license and improper lane change. He was also booked on seven Morgan City Court warrants for failing to appear on three charges of contempt of court and charges of possessing synthetic cannabinoids, resisting an officer, possessing drug paraphernalia and possession of stolen things.