UPDATE, 3/9/2023, 10:00 a.m.: Da’mari Watkins, 18, of Berwick was arrested Wednesday afternoon on four counts of attempted first degree murder. He was taken into custody in the Lafayette area with incident. No bond is set at this time.
Also arrested was a female juvenile, who was charged with four counts of principal to attempted first degree murder, bringing the total number of suspects arrested in the case to four.
Multiple agencies helped with the investigation including Louisiana State Police Fugitive Task Force, Louisiana State Police Criminal Investigative Unit (CIU), Louisiana Attorney Generals Investigators (LBI), Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office, Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office, Morgan City Police Department, and the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office.
UPDATE 2/21/2023: Adonte Williams, 18, of Patterson, La., was arrested on Feb. 20, on a warrant charging him with four counts of attempted first-degree murder.
Investigators have an outstanding warrant on Da’mari Watkins, 18, of Berwick as well as a 15-year-old juvenile for four counts of attempted first-degree murder.
Investigators said that this was not a random act of violence as the suspects specifically targeted the victims during this incident.
This investigation is still being actively investigated. If you know the whereabouts of Watkins, please notify the Berwick Police Department or your local law enforcement agency. All callers can remain anonymous.
Disclaimer: All persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
ORIGINAL 2/20/2023: BERWICK, La. (KLFY) – A child and two others were rushed to the hospital following a shooting on Hwy. 90, according to the Berwick Police Department (BPD).
Authorities said that around 10:50 p.m. on Feb. 17, BPD responded to calls of multiple shots fired near the Hwy 90 bridge. After receiving the calls, it was learned that the Morgan City Police Department (MCPD) had received a call from Ochsner St. Mary that three gunshot victims had arrived at the hospital.
Following further investigation, it was learned that the shooting took place in Berwick on the bridge near the Berwick exit.
Berwick investigators, along with the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office (SMPSO) and MCPD then shut down the Hwy 90 bridge westbound to work to the crime scene, according to BPD.
BPD said that three people were stuck by gunfire with one in stable condition. The others were released the same night.
BPD also said that one of those released was a child, and a fourth occupant in the vehicle who was not shot was also a child.
The investigation is ongoing.
Anyone with information is asked to contact BPD (985) 384-7710.