After a car crashed into a Marrero home Friday night, the bodies of two men who had been shot were found inside the vehicle, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office reported.
Investigators think the two men shot each other during a “drug deal gone bad,” said Col. John Fortunato, a spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office.
The victims were identified Saturday as 35-year-old Tory Sanders, of Marrero, and 26-year-old Byron Price, of St. Rose.
Sanders, the driver, and Price, the passenger, both died from gunshot wounds, Fortunato said.
The car hit the home in the 1900 block of Gladstone Drive about 8:25 p.m. Friday. Officers called to the scene found a 2011 Buick LaCrosse resting against the front of the home. A small fire could be seen under the car, which was in gear with the front wheels turning.
Inside the car, officers found the two victims, one behind the wheel and the other in the front passenger seat.
During a “cursory search” of the interior of the Buick, investigators said, they located a .40-caliber Glock semi-automatic handgun in Price’s hand. The weapon Price was holding was reported stolen in March.
A “substantial” amount of marijuana was found in a large plastic bag tucked under Price’s arm, the Sheriff’s Office said.
A .40-caliber Smith & Wesson semi-automatic handgun was found where Sanders was seated. Numerous spent shell casings and projectiles were found inside the vehicle.
Price had an extensive prior criminal history with arrests for carrying an illegal weapon, illegal use of a firearm while in possession of narcotics, illegal possession of stolen firearms, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, disturbing the peace by fighting and numerous traffic charges.
Sanders had been arrested on a marijuana count.
The Sheriff’s Office urged anyone with additional information to contact Detective Michael Patrick, of the Homicide Division, at (504) 364-5300 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.