Man arrested in King Day shooting
January 20, 1998
Johnson is escorted by Louisiana police
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BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (CNN) -- Brandon Lionel Johnson, 19,
was in custody Tuesday, charged with one count of murder and
three counts of attempted murder after he allegedly opened
fire at a Martin Luther King Day parade in Baton Rouge over a
dispute with a friend, police said.
Johnson was brought in by family members overnight and was to
be arraigned later Tuesday.
The dead man was identified as J.B. Carter, 20, who was
walking beside parade participants when he was shot.
The wounded children included a 7-year-old girl listed in
critical but stable condition with a gunshot wound to the
back, an 11-year-old girl in stable condition with a gunshot
wound to the thigh and a grazed finger, and a 9-year-old boy
shot in the leg and described in stable condition.
The scene was chaotic as medical attendants helped the
wounded on Monday
Baton Rouge police chief Greg Phares said there was "no
racial or political or hate crime" motive for the shooting.
Police said the shooting resulted from a personal feud. The
victims and the suspected shooter all were African American.
"Two or more of the participants in the march -- young men --
had an argument," Baton Rouge Police Cpl. Don Kelly said,
"possibly a running feud that escalated into a fight and
shooting, with one of them pulling out a gun and firing
"Based on our information, it was strictly a personal dispute
between two or more people," Kelly said.