GONZALES — Two suspects turned themselves in Tuesday while another was arrested at his home Wednesday in the Thursday shootout in Darrow that resulted in the death of a 23-year-old and the arrests of four other men, the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office announced.
After the sheriff’s office announced Tuesday it was looking for three more men, Delano “Deeky” Joseph Alexander, 28, 150 E. 26th St., Reserve, and Anthony Clark, 23, 205 E. Roosevelt St., Gonzales, turned themselves in, according to a press release.
Another suspect, Bruce James, 25, 1222 Hempshire Drive, Gonzales, was arrested at his home, and this investigation is ongoing, Public Information Officer Allison B. Hudson said.
Sheriff Jeff Wiley had described the daytime incident as an orchestrated, retaliatory shoot-out during which nearly 50 shots were fired across the street from Hopeful Baptist Church, where a Bible study was underway.
Isaac “Ike” Prestley, 23, 39035 Saturn Drive, Darrow, died after being shot in the hip.
Four men were arrested in the immediate aftermath of the incident, all being held on bail set at $1 million or more.
On Tuesday, warrants were issued for James, Clark, and Alexander on second-degree murder counts.
James and Clark also face counts of illegal use of a firearm, according to a news release from the Sheriff’s Office.
And more arrests are possible, Chief Deputy Tony Bacala said.
“We’ve been told seven to 10 people were out there (the night of the shooting). This brings us up to seven,” he said.
The incident began when a group of men approached a smaller group of about four to five men standing in a driveway off Brown Extension Street in Darrow, Wiley has said, and an argument broke out, followed by shots.
Prestley, part of the smaller group, was shot and taken in a private vehicle to a local hospital where he died.
Most if not all of those individuals were armed, Bacala said.
“As we identify the people who aggressively and actively drove to this location, got out of cars and aggressively approached the other group,” more arrests are being made, Bacala said.
Shell casings from seven caliber of weapons were found at the scene, including some believed to match a semi-automatic AK-47, Wiley had said.
Arrested Friday on second-degree murder and other counts were father and son Demitoris “Big Tachi” Alexander, 48, 146 E. 26th St., Gonzales, and Tachi Williams, 28, 1222 E. Grace St., Gonzales; Clarence Ruth, 19, 5274 Galaxy Blvd., Darrow, and Cprien Nicholas, 29, 729 Worthey St., Gonzales.
They are being held in the Ascension Parish Detention Center, each in lieu of bail set at $1 million or more.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts for the three other men are asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at (225) 621-4636 or text the anonymous tip line at 847411 or call Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.