Group of 5 women attack another group

Five women armed with bricks, baseball bats and a gun attacked another group of women who were trying to drive away from a home on Nov. 18 — and now the accused shooter has been arrested, Baton Rouge police say.

The incident began when Alonzonesha Garner, 20, along with Keisha Snowden, Ranija Harris and two other women, pulled up near a home in the 2000 block of Mulberry Street in two separate cars, according to a police report. As they approached the house, three other women were leaving the home of their relative, saw the assailants coming and tried to drive away — but before they could, the attackers had surrounded them, smashing and battering the car while its passengers sat trapped inside, according to the report.

Then two of the assailants yanked the driver’s door open, and that is when Garner pulled out a gun and fired several shots into the car, one of which lodged in the interior but none of which hit anyone, the report says.

The assailants then ran back to their cars and drove away, the report says.

Garner, of 1227 Avenue B, Port Allen, was booked Tuesday into Parish Prison on counts of attempted second-degree murder, illegal use of a weapon and aggravated criminal damage to property. The report does not mention the whereabouts of other defendants, but booking records do not show Snowden or Harris in jail as of Tuesday night.

Man in parking lot dies of gunshot wounds

A 35-year-old man died of gunshot wounds after police found him in a parking lot on North Foster Drive early Tuesday morning, Baton Rouge police said.

Police responded to a shooting at 1825 N. Foster Drive and found Braden Larvadain, 35, of 4851 Underwood Avenue, shot multiple times, said Cpl. Don Coppola, a police spokesman.

Larvadain was taken to a local hospital, where he died of his injuries.

Police have not released further details about the shooting.

Anyone with information can call BRPD at (225) 389-4869 or Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.

Man accused of trying to run over woman

A 19-year-old man has been accused of attempted murder after police say he tried to run over a woman in her driveway during an argument on Dec. 15.

Damion Shields was arguing with the woman in a driveway in the 12600 block of La Margie Avenue when the woman turned and began to walk away, the police report says. That was when Shields jumped in an Audi sedan and accelerated towards her, striking her and then slamming into a house, the report says.

The woman was taken to a hospital, complaining of neck and back pain; the only occupant of the house at the time was not hurt, the report says.

Shields later told police he lost control of his car and did not actually hit the woman.

Shields, of 268 Quinton Nunn Road, Preston, Mississippi, was booked Monday into Parish Prison on counts of attempted second-degree murder, aggravated criminal damage to property and a suspended driver’s license.

Woman struck, killed by car on 72nd Avenue

Baton Rouge police say a 35-year-old woman was struck and killed by a car on 72nd Avenue late Monday night.

Officers arriving to the 2900 block of 72nd Avenue saw Maria Cunningham lying dead in the middle of the road, and also saw a Honda Accord in the roadway, said Cpl. Don Coppola, a police spokesman.

Cunningham, who had no known address, was suspected of being on drugs and alcohol at the time of the accident, Coppola said.

Police later determined that a 23-year-old man was driving the car, but have not released any further details.

Chimney fire damages four-unit complex

A fire Tuesday night in a clogged chimney led to flames in the attic of an apartment, causing more than $100,000 in damage, according to the Baton Rouge Fire Department.

Firefighters arrived to 11645 Sherwood Valley Court around 8 p.m. to find fire emerging from the roof of one of the units in a four-unit complex, said Mark Miles, a BRFD spokesman.

A couple had lit a fire in their fireplace, but flames soon spread because of the poor condition of the chimney above, Miles said.

The firefighters contained the flames, and the rest of the damage was minimal. The couple was home at the time of the fire, but no one was injured, Miles said.

The total damage is estimated at $103,000.

BR man booked on suspicion of DWI

Authorities arrested a man suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish and booked him into Parish Prison between 2:30 p.m. Monday and 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, booking records show.

Devin Snow, 22, of 3619 Christina Drive, Baton Rouge, was booked on counts of first-offense DWI, possession of marijuana and disobeying a police officer.

To talk to a crime reporter at The Advocate, call (225) 388-0369.