1 dead, 1 injured in Livingston Parish shooting

Earl Johnson Jr.
Earl Johnson Jr.

One man is dead and another was recovering from gunshot wounds after a man opened fire on them at 2:40 p.m. Friday on Ed Brown Road near the Tangipahoa Parish line, a Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman said.

Earl Johnson Jr., 24, 10153 Illinois Jones Road, Hammond, is wanted on one count of second-degree murder and one count of attempted second-degree murder after detectives accused him of killing Darryl Patrick, 46, 46016 Durbin Road, Hammond, and wounding a 44-year-old man, sheriff’s spokeswoman Lori Steele said in a news release.

Johnson, who remained a fugitive Friday night, allegedly shot both victims multiple times.

The unidentified victim remained in a hospital under treatment for his injuries, Steele said.

Patrick was alive when deputies arrived, but died at a hospital, Steele said.

Sheriff’s deputies were still trying late Friday to determine a motive for the shootings, Steele said.

No further details were available from the Sheriff’s Office as of Friday night.

Anyone with information aboout the shootings is asked to contact the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office at (225) 686-2241 or Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.