A Baton Rouge man who was out on bond in an April 2019 shooting now faces multiple counts of attempted first-degree murder in two shootings in April and July of this year that left three adults and two young children injured.
Mieyoshi Tyree Edwards, 21, was arrested after East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff's detectives traced the rented cars used in each incident to his live-in girlfriend, said sheriff's spokeswoman Casey Rayborn Hicks.
Two people were killed and another six wounded Saturday in three different shootings Baton Rouge on the Fourth of July.
On the afternoon of the Fourth of July, two adults and two small children were injured by gunfire in the 11300 block of Greenwell Springs Road. They were in a vehicle about to turn into an apartment complex when two assailants in a silver Ford F-150 fired at them, according to booking documents.
Video surveillance footage from businesses near the crime scene identified the assailants' vehicle, which detectives tracked to a rental car company. The vehicle was rented by Edwards' girlfriend, who lives in Tickfaw, Hicks said. On Monday, EBRSO detectives, assisted by the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office, arrived at an apartment where the vehicle was seen leaving.
They stopped the vehicle and took the driver, Edwards, into custody.
After the arrest, detectives searched his vehicle and discovered two firearms, one of which the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab matched to ballistics found at the crime scene, according to the arrest report.
Edwards was transferred Thursday to the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.
Four people, including two children, were injured in a drive-by shooting Saturday in East Baton Rouge.
Detectives also used rental car information and video surveillance to connect Edwards to the April 6 shooting at 6515 Hanks Drive. Edwards, with another assailant, is accused of firing at three people in the parking lot of an apartment complex, striking one multiple times. The 25-year-old male was taken to the hospital, according to booking documents.
Detectives discovered in the parking lot 30 spent cartridge cases from two different caliber weapons, documents say. They also identified a silver 2019 Jeep Cherokee from video surveillance that the assailants drove to the parking lot before approaching the victims on foot.
The Jeep Cherokee was also rented by Edwards' girlfriend, according to booking documents. Furthermore, detectives found clothes from Edwards' residence that matched those worn during the apartment shooting. Hicks said detectives learned Edwards was involved in an ongoing dispute with the victims.
The East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office is seeking information about a shooting from Monday, April 6.
Edwards faces three counts of attempted first-degree murder, illegal use of a weapon and aggravated criminal damage to property in the April 6 shooting on Hanks Drive.
He also faces four counts of attempted first-degree murder, assault by drive-by shooting, illegal use of a weapon and aggravated criminal damage to property in the July 4 shooting on Greenwell Springs Road.
Hicks said Edwards has active arrest warrants issued through the Baton Rouge Police Department on counts of aggravated assault and illegal possession of a stolen firearm. Booking documents also show Edwards was out on bond after being arrested in December 2019 on a count of attempted first-degree murder in an April 2019 shooting at the AM Mart in the 2400 block of Highland Road. No one was struck.
Baton Rouge Police Department Intelligence Division and the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office also assisted EBRSO in the investigation, which remains ongoing.
Editor's Note: An earlier version of this story stated Edwards was out on bond for a December 2019 shooting. The story has been updated to reflect that the shooting took place in April 2019. He was arrested in December 2019.