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Aug 19, 2014 6:13 PM by AP

Drive-by shooting suspect gets in fight in custody

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A suspect in a deadly drive-by shooting in New Orleans' Lower 9th Ward got into a fight with another inmate on his first day inside Orleans Parish Prison.

Court records show Blair Taylor, one of two men police say opened fire Aug. 10 on a crowd of mostly women and children, was attacked by another inmate last Thursday - hours after being booked on murder charges.

A new arrest report shows Taylor was re-booked with an additional charge of aggravated battery, after deputies said he grabbed a wooden cane from a disabled inmate and swung it at his attacker's head while that man was restrained by guards who broke up the fight.

NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports Taylor fought with 30-year-old Lawrence Wells, the alleged aggressor in the altercation.

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