Police Say Louisiana Gunman Who Killed At Least 5 Is on the Loose ‘Armed and Dangerous’

Courtesy of Livingston Parish Sheriff

Police are searching for a suspect who they say has shot at least five people, investigators said.

Ascension Parish Sheriff Bobby Webre said in a news conference that deputies were called to a trailer in the city of Gonzalez, Louisiana, for a “domestic incident” on Saturday morning. Upon arrival, deputies found two people who had been shot but were still alive: Elizabeth and Keith Theriot, both 51.

Webre said deputies were able to interview one of the victims before they were transported to a hospital in Baton Rouge, where they later died.


Theriot is also suspected of killing Billy Ernest, 43, Tanner Ernest, 17, and Summer Ernest, 20 in Livingston Parish, authorities said. Webre said they were not relatives of the suspect but appeared to know him.

Theriot was last seen driving a gray and silver 2004 Dodge Ram pickup with the license plate number C583809. Webre said the suspect was possibly headed east towards Mississippi. The Associated Press said that the pickup was stolen and Theriot is considered armed and dangerous.

Ascension sheriff’s spokeswoman Allison Hudson says authorities believe the shootings in the two parishes are connected, and investigators from both jurisdictions are working together.

SOURCE: Cox Media Group National Content Desk / AP