Police arrest Ferriday drive-by shooting suspects

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, June 26, 2001

FERRIDAY, La. – Two Ferriday residents were arrested Sunday in connection with a drive-by-shooting that stemmed from an argument over a girl, police said.

Tyrone T. Trice, 19, of 200 Kyle Road No. 79 and Alton J. Bellanger, 19, of 200 Levee Heights, were both charged with assault by drive-by shooting.

Ferriday Police Chief Bobby Sheppard said the shooting took place at about 3 a.m. Sunday at 714 Mercy Seat Alley. Earlier that evening, Bellanger had argued with with a LaMark Jones, of Ferriday, at Old Danny’s Lounge, Sheppard said.

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&uot;We were told the argument was about a girl,&uot; Sheppard said. &uot;It was more of a verbal fight but it was heated.&uot;

Afterwards, Bellanger drove several of his friends over to Mercy Seat Alley where Jones lived, Sheppard said.

Someone in the back seat of the car is believed to have fired three to six shots with a handgun

&uot;They shot up his car and they also shot into his residence,&uot; Sheppard said. &uot;Thank God nobody got hurt.&uot;

One window of the trailer was broken and Jones’ vehicle was damaged on the driver’s side door, Sheppard said.

Police arrested Bellanger Sunday after his parents brought him to station because they heard the police had questions about the shooting, Sheppard said.

He was being held on a $50,000 bond Monday at the Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Department.

Trice was arrested with the help of a witness and was being held without bond on a probation violation Monday also at the parish jail, Sheppard said.

The investigation is ongoing and more people could be charged with the crime, Sheppard said.