The Slidell Police Department on Saturday (Dec. 28) announced the arrest of 22-year-old Jamieon Chatman, who authorities say fired a .40-caliber gun into a crowd of 75 people gathered outside an Olde Towne bar, killing two and injuring six others. Police arrested Chatman without incident at a residence in Vermillion Parish early in the morning.
Police said they expect to make more arrests of those who aided Chatman after the shooting. The shooting happened at the Shooters Social Club overnight after Christmas.
Witnesses said there were several fights inside the bar earlier in the night, and when the violence moved outside near the intersection of First and Cousin streets, someone opened fire into the crowd. Police responded around 1:30 a.m. Thursday and found Errol Scott, 22, dead. Mark Womack, 23, died later at a hospital. Six others also were struck.
Four of the six wounded have been released from area hospitals, Slidell police Chief Randy Smith said. Two others are still undergoing treatment.
Smith said the dead men were not the intended targets, despite previous reports to the contrary.
According to Slidell Police Spokesman Det. Daniel Seuzeneau, around 1:30 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 26 a fight started in Olde Towne Slidell outside Shooters Sports Bar at 2144 First St., which left eight gunshot victims and two local young men dead.