A shooting and vehicle burglaries were investigated by Zachary police earlier this month.
Several Zachary residents reported hearing gunshots in the area of Cherry and Robert streets about 6:30 p.m. on June 19, police Chief David McDavid said.
Zachary detectives, who were working nearby on an unrelated case, were able to respond quickly, McDavid said.
According to police reports and witness accounts, two or more men were involved in a fight and shots were fired from one or more weapons during the incident.
Detective Johnny Dillon, Zachary’s public information officer, said detectives questioned one of the men involved in the fight, 19-year-old Ransom Parker, of 4167 Chestnut St., Zachary, who received a cut above his eye during the incident.
Dillon said Parker did not have a weapon on him at the time he was questioned by officers and was released, however a gun and bullet casings were found at the scene and are being processed by the State Police Crime Lab.
Parker was arrested later that same night by an East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputy as he was seen walking along the 11900 block of Peairs Road in Pride where there are no businesses or houses.
According to EBRSO reports, Parker was observed shoving something down the front of his pants, and after being patted down and questioned by the deputy, Parker admitted to being involved in the Zachary brawl earlier that night and admitted to not having a concealed carry permit for the gun in his possession.
The police report stated that Parker also told the deputy he did not have the gun during the fight but that he had retrieved it later.
Dillon said the bullet casings found at the scene in Zachary do not match the weapon found on Parker, who was booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on a charge of illegal carrying of a weapon.
McDavid said the incident is not considered to be a drive-by shooting and no one was injured as a result of the shots being fired.
In an unrelated case, McDavid is urging residents in the 39th Street area of Zachary to watch and listen for anything suspicious after a recent string of vehicle burglaries in the area.
About six or seven vehicles were broken into over a week’s time in early June and some evidence is being processed by State Police, he said.
“We are urging citizens to lock their car doors, be vigilant and notify police of any suspicious activity. If you see something, say something,” McDavid said in an interview. “However, we do not want residents to approach any suspect. That is our job.”
The thefts mainly occurred from cars with unlocked doors and included personal items and various electronics.
“Citizens play an important role in assisting law enforcement by being the eyes and ears of their own domain,” said McDavid, who added that patrols of the area have increased as a result of both incidents.