Man accused of firing gun at crowd booked

Shannon Dale Holmes Jr.
Shannon Dale Holmes Jr.

The Addis man accused of firing 12 shots into a crowd, hitting two people, outside a gas station late Sunday is refusing to talk to police and more arrests are possible in a fight that preceded the shootings.

Shannon Dale Holmes Jr., 19, 3754 Chris Drive, Addis, surrendered to police at 5 a.m. Monday and was booked into the Iberville Parish Jail on two counts of attempted second-degree murder, one count of illegal use of a weapon, one count of aggravated assault with a firearm and three counts of aggravated damage to property in connection to the shooting at the Circle K store, 23055 La. 1 North.

“When he turned himself in, he said he did not wish to give us a statement,” Plaquemine police Capt. Kenny Payne said Monday.

“We’re still interviewing witnesses in regards to trying to find out what the cause of everything is,” Payne said.

Holmes was identified as a suspect shortly after police were called to the Circle K at 1:20 a.m. Sunday.

“Several witnesses put him at the scene,” Payne said.

Payne said the shooting stemmed from a fight at a high school graduation party at Jumping Jacks, also located along La. 1.

When the party was shut down due to the melee, Payne said, partygoers migrated to another La. 1 gas station where the altercation continued and was broken up again.

The altercation then spilled over to the Circle K, where another fight occurred before Holmes, using a .42-caliber semiautomatic gun, opened fire on a crowd of about 20 people, the police chief said.

“When (Holmes) was put back in the car he was riding in, he pointed the gun out the back door and shot into the crowd,” Payne said.

“We don’t know who (the gun) belongs to and we don’t know where he got it from yet. We still haven’t recovered it.”

Willie Hill III, 20, was shot in the back and leg and Keyborah Pierce, 21, was shot in the knee in the incident, Payne said.

Both Plaquemine men underwent surgery Monday and were recovering in the hospital, Payne said.

Vehicles at the Circle K also were damaged by the gunfire, Payne said.

The incident remains under investigation, Payne said, and there could be more arrests.

An assistant district attorney for Iberville Parish, Scott Stassi, said Monday it will take “a few more days” before prosecutors can determine if charges against Holmes will be upgraded.

“This is something that may go before the grand jury, but it’s still too early,” Stassi said.

“We’ll know more once the Police Department completes its investigation and the case is submitted to our office.”