Double murder in Amite; 3rd victim hospitalized
The Amite Police Department is investigating a Thursday evening shooting in which two people died and a third remains hospitalized.
Amite Police Chief Jerry Trabona said Amite Fire crews dispatched his office to a residence on Bourgeois Street where they were responding to a medical call around 6 p.m. Thursday evening. Once on scene, APD learned that medical crews were treating a victim who had been shot. Investigators were also told that there were two more victims inside the structure, Trabona said.
The Chief said his officers went through the home to make sure that there were no active shooters on site and then found the bodies of two additional victims who were pronounced dead on the scene. (UPDATE: Shortly after noon on Friday, Trabona identified the deceased as Terrence Foster, 26, of Amite, and Alvin Henderson, 29, also of Amite.)
Trabona said the victim who was being treated on site when officers arrived was taken to North Oaks Medical Center where he remains as of midday Friday.
Louisiana State Police Crime Lab and the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office are assisting in the investigation, Trabona said.
The murders occurred in an area of town Trabona called a “quiet place,” nestled behind the East Mulberry Street Cemetery in a residential area just minutes from Fleet Easley Park. He said the crime scene was especially disturbing, adding that investigators believe the door was "busted open.”
He said investigators have some leads, and they are looking into a TPSO-referred case that may be connected. Trabona said officers were notified early Friday morning that a man approached a homeowner in the Lily Pad Pond Road area near North Park around 3 a.m. The man claimed that he was fleeing from someone who was trying to kill him. That case remains under investigation.
Trabona asked that anyone with information on either case contact the Amite Police at 985-748-6169 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa at 1-800-554-5245.
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