Slidell police search for suspect in shooting

Michael Cooper
Michael Cooper

Slidell police are searching for 19-year-old Michael Cooper, who is accused of firing a gun at two people in the Lincoln Park area of central Slidell on Tuesday.

He is being sought in attempted second-degree murder, police said. No one was injured in the incident.

Police responded to reports of gunshots in Campbell Park, on the corner of Campbell Street and Washington Avenue, at about 12:30 p.m. They found two people who said bullets had been fired in their direction.

Witnesses told police that a dark green Chevrolet Suburban followed the two victims as they drove to Campbell Park. The passenger, who was identified as Michael Cooper, jumped out and began firing. He then got back into the Suburban and fled.

“There is no doubt that Cooper’s intent was to kill someone,” Slidell Police Chief Randy Smith said in a prepared statement. The victims told police that they had no idea why someone would try to shoot them.

“We were obviously suspicious at first, but the preliminary investigation indicates that Cooper’s intended target was not in the (victims’) vehicle at the time of the shooting. When he realized that he was shooting at the wrong people, he fled,” Smith said.

Late Tuesday night, police obtained arrest warrants for Cooper on two counts of attempted second-degree murder. They believe Cooper is armed and dangerous and are asking the public’s help in apprehending him.

A Slidell police detective, who is assigned to the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force, is working with the U.S. Marshals on the search for Cooper.

“We encourage Cooper to turn himself in. On the other hand, anyone found assisting Cooper in his attempt to elude law enforcement will face accessory after the fact charges,” Smith said.

Police ask anyone with information on Cooper’s whereabouts to call 911 or CrimeStoppers at (504) 822-1111.