APSO makes arrests in Prairieville shooting

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen
Austin Rashall

Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to 15260 Daigle Road in Prairieville on June 28 in reference to gunshots being fired in the area. Upon deputies arrival they learned that a young woman held a party while her parents were out of town. The party was supposed to be limited to a few friends, but because of a social media post, roughly 60 people attended the party; most not even knowing the hostess, said Chief Tony Bacala.

“Parties such as this tend to get out of control quickly because the party is posted on social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. The address of the party is forwarded to friends who then forward it to their friends and so on. Soon, hundreds of uninvited people show up and in some instances, violence breaks out, such as this incident,” added Chief Bacala.

At some point during the party a number of small physical disturbances occurred which led to an attempt to disperse the crowd and some of the party goers observed an individual with a gun in his possession.

As the crowd spread to avoid the fight and avoid possible shots being fired, a separate unrelated conflict erupted between a group of young adults leaving the party in a white Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck and a group of young adults who remained at the party.  As the group of young adults traveling in the pickup truck attempted to back out of the driveway to leave, the driver shifted gears and proceeded to drive forward where a few young adults had to dive out of the way to avoid being struck. At that time shots were fired from within the pickup truck striking a fence and hitting an adult male in the ankle. The victim was transported to an area hospital where he was treated for his injuries and released.

Detectives arrived and took over the investigation and learned that the driver of the pickup truck 18-year-old Aronis Gonzalez, along with his passengers Austin Rashall, 18, and another male juvenile, fired weapons from within the pickup truck.

As the investigation continued, detectives searched a resident in relation to the investigation, 16024 E. Ridgewood St., in Prairieville where multiple weapons were found, a large amount of marijuana, marijuana paraphernalia, and schedule II narcotics were also located.

As a result of the search warrant, deputies arrested the following:

 Mark Shane Gonzalez, 44, of 16204 E. Ridgewood St., Prairieville, was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana, prohibited acts, possession of schedule II CDS, possession of schedule IV CDS, illegal carrying of weapons, and illegal use of controlled dangerous substances in the presence of person under 17 years of age.

Rebecca Gonzalez, 43, of 16024 E. Ridgewood St., Prairieville, was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana, prohibited acts, possession of schedule II CDS, possession of schedule IV CDS, illegal carrying of weapons, and illegal use of controlled dangerous substances in the presence of person under 17 years of age.