Two arrested in Halloween shooting
Gonzales police arrested two men Tuesday in connection with a shooting during a Halloween night party at the home of former professional basketball player John “Hot Rod” Williams.
Dontre Green, 18, of Donaldsonville, was booked into the Ascension Parish Jail on two counts of attempted first-degree murder, Det. Sgt. Steven Nethken said.
Green had turned himself in to Ascension Parish sheriff’s deputies Monday night and was being held in jail without bond, according to Nethken.
The two shooting victims from the party at Williams’ house at 1816 E. Hermitage St., Gonzales, told police that a shooter had fired into a crowd, Nethken said.
Each of the victims were struck in the upper leg and had non-life-threatening wounds, according to police.
Johnathan Jones, 20, of Donaldsonville, was booked Nov. 4 on obstruction of justice and was later released on a $10,000 bond, Nethken said.
Jones allegedly helped Green leave the scene after the shooting.
Nethken said all of the responsible parties involved with the shooting are believed to be in custody, but detectives are still interviewing some of the remaining witnesses from the party’s guest list.
Police who responded to the Oct. 31 shooting compiled a list of about 250 guests at the scene.
Victims told investigators that some people in the crowd were fighting and some were not, according to Nethken.
Williams had given police permission to shutdown the party, and all of the attendees, who were between 12 and 20 years old, were identified, Nethken said.
Officers proceeded to search the attendees and vehicles on the property, but no weapon was found, he said.
A single projectile from a handgun was discovered on the concrete next to Williams’ home, he said.
About 45 minutes after arriving on the scene, officers and deputies were notified that there were two gunshot wound victims in the emergency room at St. Elizabeth Hospital.
Williams, a graduate of St. Amant High School and a native of Sorrento, became well-known as a star player in the National Basketball Association for 13 years. He played forward and center for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Dallas Mavericks and Phoenix Suns.
Williams was selected in the 1985 NBA Draft after playing at Tulane University in New Orleans.
He reportedly invited his son’s East Ascension basketball team to use his indoor basketball court for the party.