Man shoots estranged wife, another man before killing himself at Independence bar Tuesday _lowres

Advocate staff photo by HEIDI KINCHEN -- Angie's Bar, on U.S. 51 in Independence

An Independence man fatally shot his estranged wife, a man she was dating and himself Tuesday night, according to police.

April Ransom, 38, worked at Angie’s Bar on La. 51, but she was there as a customer Tuesday when she visited with 43-year-old Joseph Cormier, whom she was dating, said Independence police Capt. Chris Chappell.

Thomas Ransom, 35, lived nearby at 152 Guzzardo Road. He and April Ransom were married, but estranged, Chappell said. Thomas Ransom went to the bar Tuesday armed with a 9-millimeter semi-automatic pistol and shot his wife “several times,” the captain said.

After the shooting began, Cormier dove behind the bar, but Thomas Ransom wheeled on him and fired multiple times, police said.

Angie’s management could not be reached for comment Thursday, but a Facebook user posting as the bar’s account said security footage captured Thomas Ransom shooting April Ransom three times, then shooting “Joey” four times, then shooting April again.

Thomas Ransom fired once more, into his own head.

When police arrived about 10:30 p.m., all three were dead.

When the gunfire broke out, other bar patrons or staff fled or took cover, and no one else was injured, Chappell said.

Police are trying to piece together what, if anything, prompted the shooting, the captain said. The department has no record of violence between April and Thomas Ransom, though he was convicted of simple battery and given probation in 2002 after putting his ex-wife, to whom he was married at the time, in a choke hold.

According to Tangipahoa Parish court records, the two had gotten into an argument after his then-wife got a Mother’s Day card from another man.

“If you take our kid, I’m going to kill you,” he said.