One dead, three shot in apparent drug deal

Staff reports
Beau Jon Avenue is located in the Southwood Village subdivision, off of Hwy. 73 in Prairieville.

PRAIRIEVILLE – An apparent drug deal gone bad led to three people shot and multiple arrests early Tuesday morning, according to Ascension Parish Sheriff Jeff Wiley.

One of the victims, 17-year-old Kolby Lambert, died at 9 a.m., according to Chief Deputy Tony Bacala.

A shooting victim called 911 at around 1:30 a.m. to report the shootings at a home on Beau Jon Avenue in the Southwood Village subdivision, Wiley said.

The victim advised the emergency operator that the suspect had driven from the scene in a white car, Wiley added.

Deputies immediately responded to the area and observed the suspect vehicle exiting the subdivision with a second vehicle following, Wiley said.

Authorities successfully stopped the white Mercury Grand Marquis on Hwy. 73, less than a mile from the shooting scene, Wiley reported.

The sheriff identified the occupants of the suspect vehicle as 21-year-old Corneil “Big Head” Oby and 19-year-old Keitheon Cardell Carter, both Baton Rouge residents.

Witnesses identified both Oby and Carter as the men responsibile for barging into the home and shooting the three people, Wiley said.

The sheriff reported one of the victims was in critical condition at a Baton Rouge hospital, and a fourth victim was injured while struggling over the gun with one of the suspects.

Authorities learned that the second vehicle observed following the Mercury also was involved and occupied by Andre and Diane Smith of Baton Rouge.

They were taken into custody and charged in connection with the shootings after deputies learned the two had gone to the home with Oby and Carter to purchase crack cocaine, Wiley said.

The sheriff added that deputies had been called to the same residence in the past regarding illegal drug activity, leading authorities to suspect the shootings were drug related.

Several people who were in the home at the time of the shooting admitted that they were there to obtain crack cocaine, Wiley said.

The weapon believed to be used in the shootings was located behind the home along with a cell phone, $3,000 cash and narcotics, Wiley reported.

The following arrests and charges stemmed from the incident:

Oby, of 14150 E. Northgate Court, Baton Rouge, was booked on one count of first degree murder, three counts of attempted first degree murder, aggravated burglary, attempted armed robbery, armed robbery with a firearm (additional penalty) and illegal discharge of a weapon.

Carter, of 376 Elmer Avenue Baton Rouge, received the same charges as Oby.

Andre Smith, 35, of 8656 GSRI Road Apartment D, was booked on the same charges.

Diane Smith, 55, of the same address as Andre Smith, also received the same charges.

The three shootings victims were transported to an area hospital for treatment, Wiley reported. He identified them as 17-year-old Kolby Lambert, address unknown, 35-year-old Dennis Seay, of 39505 Hwy. 621, Gonzales, and 28-year-old Antonio Coco, of 15005 Beau Jon, Prairieville.

Authorities booked all four suspects in the Ascension Parish Jail in Donaldsonville.

Andre Smith