Four dead, three wounded in Louisiana killing spree

Fri Dec 27, 2013 10:37am EST

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(Reuters) - A suspected gunman in Louisiana killed three people and wounded three others near New Orleans before turning a shotgun on himself and committing suicide, police said on Friday.

The incidents took place on Thursday night in Lafourche Parish, about 45 miles southwest of New Orleans. Three of the people died of gunshot wounds, and the cause of death has yet to be determined for one of the victims.

Ben Edward Freeman is suspected of shooting Lafourche Parish Councilman Louis Phillip Gouaux, his wife Susan and daughter Andrea. The wife died in the shooting and the other two were in critical condition at an area hospital.

"Deputies learned Ben Freeman is a former son-in-law of the Gouauxs, having been formerly married to their daughter, Jeanne Gouaux," the Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office said in a statement.

About 20 minutes later, Freeman is suspected of going to the home of hospital administrator Milton Bourgeois and opening fire. Freeman had once been an employee of the hospital where Bourgeois worked.

Bourgeois was shot at close range and died. His wife was also shot and was in critical condition at a hospital.

Freeman's body was found later that night in a car along the side of a road with a shotgun wound to the head.

The body of his wife, Denise Taylor Freeman, was found at their home and it was not yet known how she died, the sheriff's office said.

(Reporting by Jon Herskovitz; Editing by Kevin Gray and Jim Marshall)

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Comments (12)
AlkalineState wrote:
“My city councilman raised my property tax by $8. Time to go on a killing spree with my gun.”

Time to just assign terror group status to the Tea Party and get on with it.

Dec 27, 2013 12:06pm EST  --  Report as abuse
bill1212 wrote:
The gun did it, lets blame the gun!

Dec 27, 2013 1:06pm EST  --  Report as abuse
MitchS wrote:
Not sure why people commenting on this site have to equate every gun-related incident with a member of the Tea Party? That not only seems like a biased approached but a really silly one. Wasn’t it VP Joe Biden who suggested that the weapon of choice to protect one’s home be a shotgun? Is it that every gun death on the streets, usually committed by a two-bit thug be equated with the Tea Party? Or is it that only Republicans have guns? This is ridiculous.

How about for a change dealing with the mentally ill people and keeping guns out of their hands, similar to the two-bit thugs and gangbangers.

Dec 27, 2013 1:09pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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