DONALDSONVILLE — An afternoon gathering of men enjoying boiled crawfish on the front porch of a St. Vincent Street home turned violent Tuesday with a shooting that ended in the death of a 21-year-old.
The homeowner, who asked not to be identified, said she was mopping the kitchen floor in the back of her home on St. Vincent Street at 2 p.m. when she heard four or five gunshots from the front of the house.
“I slammed my kitchen door and locked it,” she said.
The front door, she said, was already locked.
From her house, she saw the wounded man, Michael Stewart, running toward several trailer homes behind her house, seeking help.
Stewart was driven to Prevost Memorial Hospital in Donaldsonville by someone near the house where he was shot, but he died about an hour later, said Lt. Col. Bobby Webre, with the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Before Stewart died, he told investigators at the hospital that the person who shot him was Shawn Broom, 26, of 503 Catherine St., Donaldsonville, Webre said.
Broom, who surrendered to authorities shortly after 8 p.m. Tuesday, was booked into the Ascension Parish Jail on second-degree murder and illegal use of a weapon, Webre said. Bail had not been set Tuesday night.
Stewart died of a single gunshot wound to the chest and shoulder area, Webre said.
The homeowner on St. Vincent Street said the alleged shooter is her cousin.
“They were eating boiled crawfish on the porch. They never ask me, they just hang out,” she said.
She said such impromptu gatherings, which have happened regularly without her input, are going to stop now.
“It’s just every day, all day, all night,” she said.
“I don’t want nobody on my porch” now, she said.
She said she’s heard gunshots in her neighborhood before, but no one has ever been killed or injured — until now.
“This is the first crime on this street,” she said.
A nearby neighbor, who also asked not to be identified, said she was in her back yard, emptying trash cans, when she heard gunshots and came out to the front of her house.
“I saw him running,” she said of Stewart.
Tuesday’s shooting is the latest in a wave of violence besetting this small west bank city. The Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate two other homicides in Donaldsonville this year, that of Chad Nichols and Benny Booker on Jan. 26, in what investigators believe may have been a drug-related crime.
There were also two shooting injuries in January. An Ascension Parish deputy was shot in the hand when he stopped three suspected Wal-Mart shoplifters. And, a 16-year-old boy was shot in the face.
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