Dixon: Dispute over 'small amount of marijuana' led to 5th Ave. shooting death, arrest made

5th avenue homicide

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - A dispute over a "small amount of marijuana" resulted in the death of a Lake Charles man Saturday at an apartment complex on Fifth Avenue, Lake Charles Police Chief Don Dixon said.

Carlos Ross Jr., 19, was killed in the Saturday night shooting in the 4400 block of Fifth Avenue.

Dixon announced an arrest in the shooting at a news conference Monday.

Joey Duran Whitted, 34, was arrested in Baton Rouge at 5:35 p.m. Sunday and transported back to Calcasieu. He is charged with first-degree murder. Bond is set at $1 million.

Dixon said Monday that Ross was wearing a mask and tried to rob Whitted, who was dealing marijuana. Whitted allegedly shot him.

Dixon said that while some think marijuana isn't a big deal, it's still an illegal narcotic.

"The Ross family is destroyed, the Whitted family is destroyed, over a small amount of marijuana," Dixon said. "I don't get it, I guess I'll never get it."

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