Crackdown on Crime - Toucan's Bar & Grill Shooting

By Lee Peck - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - It's February 11th, just passed midnight - Lake Charles Police respond to a 9-1-1 call for help at Toucan's Bar & Grill.

"When we got there a man had been shot in the parking lot. We spoke with a lot of people, we learned that the suspect in this case was involved in an argument with one of the wait staff. That person was asked to leave because he was being belligerent," said Lake Charles Police Sgt. Mark Kraus.

40 minutes later he returned. "He asked a person in the parking lot to go get someone from the inside that had thrown him out. That person refused, the suspect then retreated to his vehicle got a gun and then shot the person that refused to help him," said Kraus.

According to witnesses the suspect fled in a four door white Crown Victorian. "Very similar to a police car and it even had a police spot light on the left front door of the vehicle," explained Kraus.

Normally in cases like these, suspect descriptions are extremely vague but police are relying on very detailed witness accounts to help them apprehend their shooter.

"One of those descriptions was that he was a black male, 5'10" - 5'11", 185 -190 pounds, he had a goatee, he had gold teeth, an unknown amount of gold teeth, with some very distinct tattoos on the inside of his arms, one of was a portrait of a young boy, and on the other arm was of an elderly lady, and he goes by the nickname 'T'," said Kraus.

A reward is being offered in this case that leads to an arrest. If you think you know who "T" is you're asked to call Lake Charles Police at 491-1311 or Crimestoppers at 439-2222.

Lake Charles Police say the victim in this case was taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.