David Williams

The two alleged gunmen in a Memorial Day shooting that killed three people — including a toddler — were arrested Thursday morning in the Baton Rouge area after police spent several days searching for them. 

David Williams, 19, of St. Francisville, was booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison and a 15-year-old was booked into juvenile detention on three counts each of first-degree murder and illegal use of weapons. 

They are accused of killing Dewayne Dunn Jr., 16, Reginald Thomas, 20, and Ja'Tyri Brown, 1.

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Williams and the juvenile arrested Thursday, who police say are brothers, are among six suspects BRPD has identified in the shooting. But they are the only two accused of actually pulling the trigger.

Their mother, Latoya Coleman, faces charges of accessory after the fact to first-degree murder. Arrest documents say she helped her sons escape to Texas last week.

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Christopher Stovall, 23, was also booked earlier this week on three counts of principal to first-degree murder and illegal use of a weapon, as was another 15-year-old.

Police are still searching for an unidentified sixth suspect.

The shooting happened around 8 p.m. during a Memorial Day pool party and barbecue at the Fairway View apartments on College Drive. Police believe Dunn and Thomas were the targets and Brown, the toddler, was hit accidentally; her family said the gunman kept shooting after Dunn and Thomas were hit, which is when bullets struck Brown.

In announcing earlier arrests in the case Wednesday, Chief Murphy Paul said this case prompted a higher level of cooperation than most because a baby girl was among the victims. He said help from the community was crucial to identifying suspects, and urged people to do that for other cases too.

"We're asking you to get involved before the crimes happen. Let's not wait," Paul said.

Three in custody, three more arrests pending in Memorial Day triple homicide that killed a toddler


Email Lea Skene at lskene@theadvocate.com.