One suspect arrested Thursday, accused of firing gun following dice game _lowres

Louis L. Perry Jr

Hammond police arrested a man on two counts of attempted murder in a firefight that erupted over a dice game last month, a sheriff’s spokeswoman said Thursday.

Louis L. Perry Jr., 22, of Quick Boulevard, was captured after a short pursuit Wednesday, when Hammond police found Perry near a convenience store on Wardline Road, Tangipahoa Parish sheriff’s spokeswoman Dawn Panepinto said in a news release.

A second suspect, 33-year-old Byron Dykes, also of Quick Boulevard, remained at large, Panepinto said Thursday afternoon.

According to investigators, on Nov. 24, Dykes fired shots into a large crowd gathered outside an apartment complex on Quick Boulevard and struck 19-year-old Devon Moore, of Hammond.

Witnesses told investigators Perry returned fire, sending multiple rounds through the front door of a nearby home and twice hitting 33-year-old Willie Dykes, a relative of Byron Dykes, Panepinto said previously. Both victims were hospitalized and reported to be in stable condition within two days.

Perry is being held in the Tangipahoa Parish Jail on two counts of attempted second-degree murder and a count of illegal discharge of a weapon, Panepinto said. Byron Dykes is being sought on counts of aggravated battery, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and illegal use of a weapon, Panepinto has said.