January 21, 1998 in Nation/World

Man Arrested In Parade Shootings

Associated Press
 

A college student was arrested and accused of murder Tuesday for the shooting that killed one man and wounded three children at a Martin Luther King Jr. holiday parade.

Brandon Johnson, 19, a student at predominantly black Southern University, was booked on murder and attempted murder charges early Tuesday for the shooting that scattered the crowd of 500 marching during King Day ceremonies the day before.

A grand jury is expected to hear the case against Johnson in about two to three weeks, and District Attorney Doug Moreau said he may ask for the death penalty if Johnson is indicted and goes to trial.

Police said the shooting resulted from a simmering dispute involving Johnson, the man killed in the shooting, 20-year-old James Carter, and others. The subject of the dispute remained unclear.

Carter was the intended victim, police Chief Greg Phares said. Carter was watching his 17-year-old brother, a member of the band that led the march.

Other shots hit a 7-year-old girl, an 11-year-old girl and a 9-year-old boy. All were in stable condition.

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