TANGIPAHOA — Tangipahoa Parish sheriff’s deputies are looking for a 21-year-old man accused in a nonfatal shooting early Saturday outside a club in the village of Tangipahoa, the Sheriff’s Office said Monday.
Deputies were helping bar managers clear the parking lot of Club 81 on U.S. 51 after the bar closed when several gunshots rang out, Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Dawn Panepinto said in a news release.
After securing the area, deputies learned a 20-year-old Kentwood man had been shot in the leg.
Deputies believe Raymond Brown, 21, of Amite, was the triggerman, Panepinto said.
The victim was running away from Brown when Brown allegedly shot him in the leg, she said.
Deputies will issue a warrant for Brown’s arrest, Panepinto said. The investigation is ongoing.
The club is owned and operated by Michael Jackson, a former mayor of the village of Tangipahoa, secretary of state records show.
Reached Monday by telephone, Jackson said he was aware of the shooting but not the details surrounding it.
Jackson said he hires a detail of deputies to handle security in the bar’s parking lot.
“I go above and beyond to try to secure my patrons as much as I can,” Jackson said. “It’s an unfortunate incident of course that occurred, but did it have anything to do with the club itself? No it didn’t.”