PRAIRIEVILLE — Ascension Parish sheriff’s deputies arrested six people, including two underage teenagers, this week after an investigation into an early Saturday shooting at a house party that had been promoted on social media and spiraled out of control.
One man was shot in the ankle as the roughly 60 partygoers tried to leave the home on Daigle Road. Three teenagers in a pickup truck drove through another group of teens who had to dive out of the way to avoid being hit shortly before 1:30 a.m., deputies said Wednesday.
Chief Deputy Tony Bacala said a young woman organized the party at her house on 15238 Daigle Road, Prairieville, while her parents were out of town.
Bacala said the party was supposed to be limited to a few friends, but due to social media, others showed up whom the woman did not know.
“Parties such as this tend to get out of control quickly because the party is posted on social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter or Instagram,” Bacala said.
“The address of the party is forwarded to friends who then forward it to their friends and so on,” he said. “Soon, hundreds of uninvited people show up, and in some instances, violence breaks out, such as this incident.”
Before the shooting, there were fights at the party. When some partygoers saw an unidentified man with a gun, attempts were made to end the party and people began leaving.
As the three teens in a Chevrolet Silverado pickup tried to back out of the driveway to leave, the driver, later determined to be Aronis Gonzalez, 18, 1135 E. Lynn St., Gonzales, shifted gears and drove forward, forcing others to dive out of the way, Bacala said.
Gunshots were fired from within the pickup truck, hitting a fence and striking a man in the ankle.
Bacala said one of the passengers, who was not identified, fired the gun, but deputies arrested all three people inside the truck on gun counts: Gonzalez, and passengers Austin Rashall, 18, 16204 E. Ridgewood Drive, Prairieville, and a 16-year-old, who was not identified because of his age.
The injured man, who was not identified, was taken to a hospital and released, Bacala said.
Deputies later searched Rashall’s home and found multiple weapons, a large amount of marijuana, narcotics and marijuana paraphernalia and made several arrests Monday, deputies said.
This discovery led to the arrests of other people also living in the Ridgewood Drive home, though deputies did not know how Rashall was connected to the others.
Mark Shane Gonzalez, 44, and Rebecca Gonzalez, 43, both of 16204 E. Ridgewood Drive, Prairieville, were arrested on counts of drug possession, illegal carrying of weapons and illegal use of controlled dangerous substances in the presence of a person younger than 17, Bacala said.
Rashall was arrested on 11 counts of aggravated assault with a firearm and illegal use of weapons or dangerous instruments as well as counts of illegal carrying of weapons, aggravated battery, possession with intent to distribute marijuana and other charges.
Aronis Gonzalez, the pickup driver, was arrested on 13 counts of aggravated assault and being a principal to illegal use of weapons and aggravated battery, Bacala said.
The 16-year-old boy who was also in the pickup was arrested on counts of aggravated assault with a firearm, aggravated battery, illegal use of weapons and illegal carrying of weapons, Bacala said.
A 14-year-old boy was arrested on counts of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, illegal carrying of a weapon, accessory after the fact to aggravated assault and accessory after the fact to illegal use of weapons, Bacala said.