Shooting at restaurant prompts arrests

A shooting at the Farmerville Highway Waffle House in April has led to four arrests, according to Ruston Police.

Two adults have been arrested in correction with the April shooting. James Berry, 22, was arrested Monday on numerous charges, including attempted second degree murder. Deandre Thomas, 34, was arrested April 26 for aggravated assault with a firearm and illegal carrying of a weapon. Both remain in custody.

Two juveniles are also charged in the incident for aggravated assault, damage to property, and illegal possession of firearms.

All four are from Claiborne Parish.

Police said the shooting occurred shortly after 2:00 a.m. April 16. Officers arrived to find shell casings on the ground and bullet holes in parked vehicles. The suspects had left the scene. No one was injured by the gunfire.

Based on witness statements and surveillance video, investigators were able to identify the suspects. 

Barry was booked on warrants charging him with attempted second degree murder, six counts of aggravated assault with a firearm, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, illegal carrying of a weapon, four counts of contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile, and three counts of aggravated criminal damage to property. His bail was set at $830,000.

The shooting April 16 was one of several altercations involving weapons at the Waffle House in past six months. About 3:00 a.m. Christmas morning, Deantonious Rhone, 30, of Ruston, was shot during an altercation at the late-night restaurant.

Before officers could reach the scene, the parties involved had left. Shortly after calls about the shooting, a rollover crash was reported on E. Georgia Avenue near the U.S. Post Office not far from the restaurant. Rhone was driving the crashed vehicle. He was transported to the Northern Louisiana Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. A passenger was uninjured.

Gerkerrio Demon Womack, 28, of Ruston, was arrested for second degree murder several days later.

In October, a man was arrested for assaulting another with a firearm at the Waffle House.

Those incidents and other disturbances occurred during the hours after midnight when few other restaurants in Ruston are open.


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