LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Lake Charles Police report they have arrested Armonta DeQuon Hadnot, a suspect in a triple homicide investigation.
The victims are 20-year old Jeminskian J. Arvie; 23-year-old David Jermaine Galmore; and 20-year-old Fitzgerald Tremayne Guillory, all of Lake Charles.
The shootings happened Wednesday night at McMillan Park in north Lake Charles near the Sunlight Manor Apartments.
Authorities said one man was shot as he was lying on the ground. Two others were fatally wounded as they tried to run away, Dixon said.
It is unknown if the victims knew the perpetrators.
"They (victims) were rolling dice in the park, minding their own business and they were approached by two males. They were told to lay down and give it up, pull their pockets out. They did. They laid out. They were prone and then after they got the money, one of the victims was shot while laying down. The other victims attempted to get up and run and then two of the victims were shot as they were trying to run away," Dixon said.
Dixon said there were children playing the park at the time of the shootings.
"Total disregard ... total disregard of humans," he said.
Dixon said earlier in the evening, police responded to U.S. 171 and Fitzenreiter Road where surveillance video shows a man hanging out of a vehicle and firing at another.
Hadnot is also a suspect in that incident, Dixon said. No one was harmed.
"The person was doing business, getting gas and as he was walking back to his car, a vehicle pulled up in which some words were exchanged. The subject got out, pointed a gun at the victim and as the victim was driving away, the subject who was in the passenger seat was literally hanging out the window and was shooting at this vehicle multiple times," Dixon said.
The investigation of this incident led authorities to Lon Allen Porter, 23. Police believe Porter was the driver in the U.S. 171 and Fitzenreiter Road incident. He has been charged with three counts of aggravated assault with a firearm and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He was booked into the Calcasieu Parish Jail.
Dixon called Hadnot "the most dangerous man in the country."
"In my 11 years, this is the most dangerous person I've seen. He's probably the most dangerous person in America right now," Dixon said.
According to police, late Thursday night, Hadnot's vehicle was found in the 1600 block of Gieffers Street. It is unsure if that is where officers arrested Hadnot. Police are expected to release more information on Hadnot's arrest on Friday.
Hadnot was already wanted for attempted second-degree murder and on weapons charges, authorities said.
Dixon said it took authorities some time "to put the pieces together," in response to details about the Wednesday's shooting deaths being released hours later.
"There's a lot of moving parts in this type of investigation. I think we have moved as quickly as we could," said Lake Charles Mayor Randy Roach.
Calcasieu Parish District Attorney John DeRosier said such violence will not be tolerated in the community.
"We absolutely, positively cannot tolerate this type of behavior," DeRosier said.
View the entire Lake Charles Police Department news conference in the video attached to this story.
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The following is the release on the shootings from the Lake Charles Police Department:
On Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 7:45 p.m., the Lake Charles Police Department responded to a shots fired call at 2027 Highway 171. As the victim exited the business, the suspect vehicle (2001 Buick Century) attempted to park in the same parking spot that the victim was walking through. Words were exchanged between the vehicle occupants and the victim. The victim then entered his vehicle that had two additional occupants. As the victim's exited the parking lot and entered U.S. Highway 171, the suspect's vehicle followed the victim's onto Hwy 171. As the suspects were exiting the parking lot, the passenger, later identified as 18-year old Armonta Dquon Hadnot, rolled down the passenger window and was shooting at the victim's vehicle numerous times while sitting on the window seal.
On Thursday, March 21, 2013 at approximately 11:45 a.m., detectives made contact with Lon Allen Porter, driver of the suspect vehicle which was involved in the shots fired incident at 2027 Highway 171. Mr. Porter was charged with three counts of aggravated assault with a firearm and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Mr. Porter was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Facility on these charges.
Two hours and twenty five minutes later, the armed suspect from the previous shots fired incident (18-year old Armonta Dquon Hadnot) and a second unknown assailant ordered numerous individuals to the ground at gun point in McMillan Park (343 Goos Boulevard). During this altercation, three individuals were shot and killed.
The Lake Charles Police Department is currently looking for Armonta Dquon Hadnot as a person of interest in the three murders and as a suspect in the aggravated assault on Highway 171.
Hadnot could possibly be driving a 2001 Buick Century, dark green, with dark tinted windows - Texas license plate BK6J808. The Buick Century has a hood ornament of an angel with orange wings swept back toward the windshield.
Hadnot is also wanted on criminal charges from a shooting that occurred in September 2012. The 2012 charges are Attempted 2nd Degree Murder and Illegal Use of Weapons or Dangerous Instrumentalities.
Hadnot and occupants of this vehicle should be considered armed and dangerous. If the vehicle is located, contact your local law enforcement agency.
Victims were identified as 20-year old Jeminskian J. Arvie, 23-year old David Jermaine Galmore, and 20-year old Fitzgerald Tremayne Guillory - all of Lake Charles, LA.