Deputies continue to interview witnesses but have yet to name a suspect in a fatal shooting in Hammond on Tuesday.
The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reported Tuesday that the shooting occurred about 9:30 a.m. A man driving a car near Rufus Bankston and Wardline roads heard a loud popping noise. When he looked over to his passenger, he noticed that 19-year-old Gerrell Lee, of Ponchatoula, had been shot.
Lee died from the gunshot wound, the Sheriff’s Office reported.
Earlier Tuesday, the Sheriff’s Office reported that there was a nonfatal shooting at a dice game.
The shooter is described as a man weighing approximately 120 pounds who had been wearing a black hoodie and brown pants and was armed with a black semi-automatic handgun.
In the dice game shooting, which occurred about 4:30 a.m., one man was shot twice in the leg after an argument.
It was the third year in a row that a man was shot in Hammond over a dice game, each time resulting in nonfatal wounds, the Sheriff’s Office reported.
Though the two Tuesday shootings happened on the same road five hours apart, they are believed to be separate incidents, the news release states.
Anyone with information on the shootings may contact Crime Stoppers at (800) 554-5245.