Man accused in shooting death of 21-year-old woman at birthday party surrenders _lowres

Elton Dontails Gaines III

A 23-year-old man wanted in the early Sunday morning shooting death of a woman at a birthday party surrendered to authorities Tuesday, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Elton Dontails Gaines III is accused of shooting to death Donlisha Patterson, 21, while she was at a party on East Upland Avenue, said Casey Rayborn Hicks, a spokeswoman for the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office.

The shooting occurred at a teenager’s birthday party in the 6000 block of East Upland Avenue that had attracted an abnormally large crowd after it was announced on a social media website.

Deputies now say it was Gaines who fired the shot that struck a vehicle in which Patterson was a passenger, Hicks said.

Patterson, of 447 Steele Blvd, was taken to a hospital where she later died, Hicks said.