Published: Sun, January 27, 2019
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Louisiana Shooting Leaves Five Dead, Suspect at Large

Louisiana Shooting Leaves Five Dead, Suspect at Large

Their 21-year-old son, Dakota, was being sought by authorities and was wanted on first-degree murder and other charges.

The suspect allegedly opened fire on Billy Ernest, 43, Tanner Ernest, 17, and Summer Ernest, 20, in Livingston Parish before fatally shooting his parents Elizabeth Theriot, 50, and Keith Theriot, 50, at their home in Ascension Parish, east of Baton Rouge, shortly before 9am.

In the news conference, authorities said they do not believe there are other targets.

The suspect, who authorities consider "armed and unsafe", is believed to be driving a 2004 Dodge Ram pickup truck that is gray on top and silver on the bottom.

Crystal DeYoung, Billy Ernest's sister, told Associated Press that she believed Theriot had just started dating her niece, Summer Ernest. The victims were identified as Billy Ernest, Tanner Ernest, and Summer Ernest.

"She was terrified", Bordelon said with tears in her eyes, of the little girl, the newspaper reported. She said she wasn't sure how her niece and Theriot met, but that she believed the relationship was relatively new.

Authorities say 21-year-old Dakota Theriot is the "prime suspect" in the deaths Saturday of his parents Keith and Elizabeth Theriot of Gonzales.

The sheriff's office identified Dakota Theriot as the suspect in those killings. Ernest even liked a few of Theriot's last posts before the killings.

DeYoung said she skipped the birthday party and didn't meet Theriot herself. He was also raising his wife's children. Dakota Theriot is reportedly driving a 2004 Dodge pickup truck.

Authorities described Theriot as "armed and dangerous". "For a young man to walk into a bedroom and kill his mother and his father, and then kill friends in Livingston that he had a connection with".

"There's a lot of family members that are hurting right now and our prayers go out to those family members.they're looking at us to solve this crime", Webre said.

Weber cautioned the public: If you see the vehicle, notify the authorities and do not approach it.

According to a nearby resident two children who lived in the house where the shooting occurred, knocked on their neighbors door stating that their family was killed, the neighbors called police.

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