Northshore authorities have released information on the suspect they say shot eight people after a Christmas night dispute in Slidell's Olde Town. Two victims died.
"Slidell Police and U.S. Marshals are on the hunt for 22-year-old Jamieon Chatman, who is responsible for the Olde Town shooting that left two dead and six wounded. Chatman is wanted for two counts of second degree murder and six counts of attempted second degree murder," Slidell Detective Daniel Seuzeneau said in a news release.
The detective also released some more information about the crime.
"According to witnesses, as the bars were closing, a fight broke out near the intersection of First Street and Cousin Street. During the altercation, several gun shots were fired into the crowd resulting in eight people being struck by bullets. Two of the victims have died as a result of their injuries. Earlier yesterday afternoon, the two victims are identified as 22-year old Errol Scott and 23-year-old Mark Womack, both of Slidell. Scott was pronounced dead at the scene and Womack later died at a local hospital around 11:00 a.m. yesterday morning."
Cops hope that someone will turn the suspect in to authorities and claim a reward.
Chief Randy Smith says, "We are asking for help from our community to assist us with putting this criminal behind bars. As I mentioned yesterday, anyone caught assisting Jamieon Chatman will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."
Seuzeneau released information on the reward:
Currently Slidell Police and U.S. Marshals are actively looking for Chatman and are asking anyone with information on the whereabouts of Chatman to contact the Slidell Police Department at 985-643-3131 or Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.
Crimestoppers President and CEO Darlene Cusanza stated, "Due to the severity of this incident and the hope to bring a swift arrest, Crimestoppers has increased its reward from $5,000 up to $7,500 with up to $4,000 cash reward paid upon the arrest of the suspect and the remaining up to $3,500 upon indictment. Callers must contact Crimestoppers directly to be eligible for this cash reward. (504 822-1111 or 1 877 903-STOP, www.crimestoppersgno.org, Smart phone app TIP SUBMIT) Callers remain anonymous and do not have to testify to receive the reward."