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UPDATE: Suspect involved in Iberia shooting that led to an Amber Alert is in a new vehicle

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The identity of the man who died in last night's New Iberia shooting has been released.

Iberia Parish deputies identify him as Courtland Hall, 29, of New Iberia. 

Hall got in between Akeam Daniels and the mother of Daniels' child as the parents were fighting over possession of the child, an Iberia Parish spokesman said. Hall is the brother of the baby's mother, the spokesman said. Hall was shot, deputies say, by Daniels, and although deputies tried to revive him at the scene, he was pronounced dead at a local hospital. 

Daniels allegedly fled with his daughter, who was found safe this morning. 

Deputies say Daniels is now believed to be traveling in a brown Honda Accord. We're told the Cadillac he left in was found on Neco Town Road in New Iberia. He is still possibly with Isaiah "Francisco" Johnson, Jr., 25, and Avan "Cole" Francisco, 31.

Daniels took off with his 2-month-old child following a shooting around 6:15 p.m. in the 900 block of Mississippi Street.  A 29-year-old male victim, who was arguing with Daniels, was killed. Deputies say Daniels was initially arguing with the child's mother when the victim stepped in to intervene.

After an AMBER Alert was issued just before midnight, Daniels dropped the child off at a relative's house, who then called deputies. The child has since been reunited with her mother.  

Daniels is believed to be armed and extremely dangerous. If you see him or the car, police urge you to call 911 and not to approach them. 

Daniels' mother believes he is innocent and was unarmed at the time Hall was killed.

"Akeam told me he didn't have no gun," said his mother, Geraldine Jones, who believes Hall was shot by one of his own friends. 

"One of their bullets must have hit him. Akeam's car is all shot up. He was going to go to the police station last night, but after he heard that the boy died, he panicked," said Jones.

Back in 2013, Daniels was accused of shooting his 8-year-old brother in the stomach. Daniels also went missing after that incident.


As of 2:54 am, the AMBER Alert issued for Amari Daniels has been cancelled. Amari has been recovered, and she is safe.  The vehicle has also been located. Akeam Daniels is still at large and should be considered armed and dangerous.

We will continue to bring you updates as they become available.


UPDATE, 11:45 p.m.:  An AMBER Alert has been issued for the two-month-old girl in the car with Akeam Daniels.

That child is identified as Amari Daniels.

State police believe Amari is in imminent danger. She was last seen in the getaway car deputies say took Akeam Daniels away from the murder scene.  That car, a white Cadillac with a black top, is pictured below.

State troopers say the vehicle may also be occupied by Isaiah "Francisco" Johnson, Jr., 25, and Avan "Cole" Francisco, 31.

Daniels is believed to be armed and extremely dangerous. If you see him or the car, police urge you to call 911 and not to approach them.  

Photo courtesy of Louisiana State Police 


Iberia Parish Sheriff's deputies are searching for a suspect who they consider "armed and dangerous" in connection with a fatal shooting this evening on Mississippi Street in New Iberia. 

A spokesman with the Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office says Akeam Daniels, 26, fled the scene in a 1978 white two-door Cadillac with a black roof and the Louisiana license plate 698BJX. Deputies also believe Daniels has his two-month-old daughter with him. 

Witnesses tell deputies Daniels and the 29-year-old male victim were arguing when the shooting occurred around 6:15 p.m. in the 900 block of Mississippi Street. 

The victim, whose name has not yet been released pending notification of family, was transferred to a New Iberia hospital where he later died. 

If you have information, call Iberia Crime Stoppers at 364-TIPS.

Photo courtesy of the Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office

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