Shooting in Maringouin leaves one dead victim, one shooter in jail and another wanted by law enforcement


A shooting long after the Mardi Gras parades had run in Maringouin, a group of men were still enjoying the celebration when it abruptly ended with the shooting death of one of the men, according to Iberville Parish Sheriff’s Office Major Ronnie Hebert.

“Late Saturday night, a bunch of guys were hanging out in an empty lot on Church Street near its intersection with Mayer Street when a pickup truck drove past them slowly, giving them what would be described as a dirty look,” Hebert said.

“The two passengers in the pickup truck slowly made their way around the block and when they got back to where the other men were gathered, the passenger got out,” he continued. “’What’d y’all say,’ to which the men replied that they had said nothing.”

The driver of the pickup truck, who has since been arrested, told the passenger to get back in the truck, that nothing was going on there, Hebert said.

The passenger, who had been holding a handgun concealed by his jacket under his arm, got close to the truck, then turned around and began shooting, the detective said.

Arrested already is the driver of the truck, Danny Smith, 56, of Pecan Street in Maringouin, has been charged with one count of second degree murder, one count of attempted second degree murder and one count of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

The victim shot to death was 26-year-old Christopher Carter, who died from a gunshot wound to the head, Hebert said. Another man was shot in the leg, transported to a local hospital, treated and released.

The detective said investigators recovered 14 empty shells and are seeking information on the passenger of the truck with Smith who was also witnessed shooting.

“We have a person we are interested in talking to,” Sheriff Brett Stassi said,, adding anyone with information about the shooting should call his office at (225) 638-3553.

The sheriff said his detectives were assisted in the investigation by the Pointe Coupee Parish Sheriff’s Office and Louisiana State Police.