Suspect named in first 2016 homicide _lowres

Leethel White, 38

The Sheriff’s Office on Sunday identified a suspect in the shooting death of 28-year-old Kourtney Thomas and wounding of another woman Saturday night in the Gardere area of Baton Rouge.

Leethel White, 38, 5564 Regatta Drive, is wanted on counts of first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder and illegal use of a weapon, East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Casey Rayborn Hicks said.

White remained at large Saturday night, Hicks said.

Thomas, who is the parish’s first homicide of 2016, was found shot to death around 9 p.m. Saturday near a vehicle in the 8600 block of Coy Avenue and was pronounced dead at the scene, Hicks said.

A second woman, who was not identified, was also shot during the incident and remained in the hospital Sunday with what Hicks described as minor injuries.

An autopsy for Thomas is scheduled for Monday, said Dr. William “Beau” Clark, the coroner for East Baton Rouge Parish.

Hicks did not address a possible motive in the shooting but said the investigation into the shooting is ongoing.

Anyone with information on the shooting or White’s whereabouts may contact the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office at (225) 389-5000 or Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.