Shooting suspects sought

Published 10:16 am Wednesday, October 7, 2015

The Bogalusa Police Department has issued warrants for three men in connection with the Tuesday, Sept. 29, shooting death of a Lumberton, Miss., resident on East Fifth Street.

Police officials previously said the shooting involved drugs.

The shooting victim, Trevante Martice Toney, 21, was shot and died on the scene in the 700 block of East Fifth Street. Washington Parish Coroner Roger Casama pronounced Toney deceased on the scene at 1:15 p.m.

Toney was lying in the street and died immediately from a single gunshot wound to the thoracic aorta, Casama said.

Brandon Odel Lotts, 29, of Bogalusa, is wanted in connection with Toney’s shooting, along with two other Lumberton men.

Warrants charge Lotts with first-degree murder, convicted felon in possession of a firearm, dangerous use of a weapon, aggravated criminal damage to property, obstruction of justice, and possession with intent to distribute marijuana, heroin, ecstasy and cocaine.

Thelonious Savoy Williams, 21, of Lumberton, is wanted in connection for being a principal to the crime of first-degree murder and for being a principal to the crime of obstruction of justice. Bogalusa Police Chief Joe Culpepper previously said Williams was in Toney’s vehicle shortly before the shooting.

Charles Edward Jenkins Jr., 22, of Lumberton, is wanted for attempted murder, dangerous use of a weapon, obstruction of justice, and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. Culpepper said Jenkins is suspected of shooting Lotts.

“As we said from the beginning; this case was a drug deal gone bad. The victim in this case was targeted; it was not random,” Culpepper said. “We believe the deceased, Williams and Jenkins all came to Bogalusa with the intent of buying drugs or ripping off (Lotts).”   

Culpepper said Monday afternoon all three suspects are still at large. He said two weapons involved in the shooting were recovered, along with money and drugs.

Despite an injury, Lotts ran from the shooting scene and was seen near Bennie’s Wings & Things on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, but evaded police. Culpepper said he believed Lotts might be hiding out in the Baton Rouge area.

“We do not believe any of them are still in the Bogalusa area,” Culpepper said. “Any information from the public would be appreciated.”

Citizens with any information about the case can contact New Orleans Crime Stoppers at 504-837-8477, Bogalusa Detectives Division at 985-732-6238 or the Bogalusa Police Department at 985-732-3611. Citizens with information leading to an arrest or arrests could be in line for a reward.