On Thursday, May 29, 2014, at 1:33 pm, St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriffs Office detectives arrested and booked Demario Harris, 23, of English Colony Drive in LaPlace in connection with the shooting in the 1500 block of Cartier Drive in LaPlace on Tuesday, May 27. Over the course of the investigation, detectives identified Demario Harris as the suspect and obtained a warrant for his arrest. With the assistance of the US MarshallsFugitive Task Force, authorities arrested Harris in Metairie on a judicial court ordered arrest warrant.

Demario Harris was booked with attempted second-degree murder, illegal use of a weapon, aggravated assault with a firearm (3), and aggravated criminal damage to property. He remains in jail in lieu of an $875,000 bond and a Louisiana Probation and Parole detainer. Harris has two prior arrests for first-degree robbery and criminal trespassing.

Original Release of May 28, 2014
Shooting Investigation – Cartier Drive
On Tuesday, May 27, 2014, at 4:26 pm, St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the intersection of Cartier Drive and Heather Lane in LaPlace for the report of gunshots heard in the area. When deputies arrived, the mother of a shooting victim told deputies that her son was shot and was brought to River Parish Hospital. He was later transferred to a New Orleans area hospital for additional treatment for a gunshot wound in his right lower back. His current condition is unknown. No one else was injured.

The 19-year-old male victim and a 20-year-old male acquaintance were with a group of people near a residence in the 1500 block of Cartier Drive. A verbal altercation ensued with another group of individuals, and a male subject from that group shot in the direction of the victim and his acquaintance as they ran to the rear of a residence. The victim was shot, and the male acquaintance brought him to River Parish Hospital.

This investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call the St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office TIPS line at 985-359-TIPS or Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111. Citizens with information about this incident that call Crimestoppers do not have to testify in court and may qualify for a cash reward.