Nine people, including a woman booked on five counts of attempted first-degree murder, were arrested Sunday night in Slidell after a shot was fired during a brawl that erupted outside Cheddar’s Cafe in the Fremaux Town Center shopping center, a Slidell Police Department spokesman said.
Shawn Sorrell, 32, of New Orleans, was arrested for attempted first-degree murder after she allegedly fired a gun into the crowd of fighting people.
Sorrell also was booked on two counts of aggravated battery for using a stun gun during the fight and a count of disturbing the peace by fighting, according to Detective Daniel Seuzeneau.
One person was grazed but no one else was hit, Seuzeneau said. Several people were taken to hospitals for injuries they received in the fight, which apparently began around 8 p.m. when one family was leaving the restaurant and members of another family, who were waiting for a table, made “degrading” comments about the departing family, Seuzeneau said.
The resulting verbal altercation escalated quickly and became a brouhaha in which multiple members of both families, including minors, were fighting. While the melee continued, Sorrell allegedly used a stun gun to shock two members of the other family. Witnesses said Sorrell also got a .380-caliber handgun and fired into the scrum, Seuzeneau said. A bystander, who was trying to break up the fight, was grazed in the leg, Seuzeneau said.
When Slidell police officers arrived, they found between 20 and 30 people fighting, forcing them to call for backup from the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office. At least one officer was attacked while trying to arrest a suspect, Seuzeneau said.
More arrests are expected, he said.
Along with Sorrell and a 16-year-old juvenile, seven others were arrested in connection with the fight: Harry Sorrell III, 46; Barry Sorrell, 42; Dionne Garrett, 35; Tanya Garrett, 37; Emanuel Terrell, 20; Lawrence Harvey, 20; and Leonard Harvey, 22.