Louisiana shooting leaves 5 dead; suspect at large

Arturo Kim
January 27, 2019

Authorities in Louisiana say a shooting has left five people dead in two parishes.

Dakota Theriot was being sought on first-degree murder and other charges. Killed were his parents in Livingston, and girlfriend and her parents in Ascension.

The suspect allegedly opened fire on Billy Ernest, 43, Tanner Ernest, 17, and Summer Ernest, 20, in Livingston Parish before fatally shooting his parents Elizabeth Theriot, 50, and Keith Theriot, 50, at their home in Ascension Parish, east of Baton Rouge, shortly before 9am.

Keith, 50, and Elizabeth Theriot, 50, of Gonzales were shot in their trailer on Saturday morning.

Webre said that during the course of their investigation, he learned that the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office was investigating a triple-homicide that occurred on Saturday.

She identified victims Summer and Tanner Ernest as two of Billy's three children.

Authorities in Louisiana say they are searching for 21-year-old Dakota Theriot, who is considered "armed and risky".

Separately on Facebook, the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office said two people were shot to death in the city of Gonzalez. One person was found dead and another one was in critical condition in their bedroom but hours later the second victim died.

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Both the Ascension Parish and Livingston Parish sheriff's offices are searching for Dakota Theriot, 21, in connection with the shootings.

Authorities said Dakota Theriot was last seen driving a 2004 Dodge pickup.

Crystal DeYoung, Billy Ernest's sister, told Associated Press that she believed Theriot had just started dating her niece, Summer Ernest.

'He lived there with the mom and dad for a little while, but was recently asked to leave with some disagreements, ' Ascension Sheriff Bobby Webre said.

Authorities described Theriot as "armed and dangerous".

As of Saturday afternoon, Dakota Theriot, 21, was still on the run from authorities.

In the news conference, authorities said they do not believe there are other targets. "We feel no doubt that Dakota is going to be armed and unsafe, and we need to bring him to justice really quick", Webre said.

"I would not approach this vehicle", he cautioned the public.

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