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UPDATE: Another arrest in grad party shooting

Posted at 10:56 AM, Jun 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-02 11:56:42-04

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's deputies have made another arrest in last week's shooting at a graduation party; they're still looking for men caught on surveillance during the shooting.

Eight teenagers were injured when several people started shooting at a graduation party in Lake Charles. One of the wounded people, Devin Levier, 17, was booked after his release from the hospital with illegal use of a weapon; illegal possession of a handgun by a juvenile; aggravated 2nd degree battery; and aggravated assault with a firearm.

The person who drove him to the hospital, Mary Brignac, 23, was booked with possession of a firearm after police found Levier's gun, which had been reported stolen in Lake Charles, in her vehicle at the hospital.

Deputies have since learned that gunfire erupted outside the party after the shooting inside. They reviewed surveillance footage from the area, which showed a vehicle traveling and gunfire coming from the car as it drove past the party. They identified the vehicle, and got a search warrant.

Abram I. Landry, 19, of Lake Charles is accused of being the driver of the car during the time of the shooting and during a subsequent search warrant on his residence detectives recovered a semi-automatic assault rifle with a 30 round magazine and a semi-automatic pistol.

Landry was arrested and booked with assault by drive-by shooting; and illegal use of a weapon while committing a crime of violence. He also had an active warrant for domestic abuse aggravated assault; illegal use of a weapon; aggravated criminal damage to property; aggravated assault with a firearm; and simple battery. He was booked on that warrant as well.

The investigation is ongoing and more arrests are expected.

CPSO Detective Michelle Robinson is the lead investigator on this case.

Here's what happened: Deputies were called to a local business just after midnight for a report of a shooting. When they arrived they found about 200 unsupervised teenagers at a graduation party. Deputies found several victims at the scene, and also learned that several others already had been taken to the hospital.

Two 15 year old girls suffered from non-life threatening injuries from gunshot wounds, one to the leg and the other to the buttocks. Three other girls, ages 15, 16 and 17, were grazed by bullets. Another 15-year-old girl and an 18-year-old boy suffered minor injuries during the panic that happened when the shooting started.

During their investigation, detectives identified Levier as the person who started the shooting. They found him at the hospital, and searched Brignac's vehicle and found his pistol.

Detectives also reviewed video surveillance from the business and saw two other males with guns, and in searching the building they found numerous spent casings of different calibers - indicating more than one gun had been fired during the incident.

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Violent Crimes detectives are asking the public for assistance in identifying the two men seen in the video surveillance. Anyone with information is asked to call CPSO at 491-3605.