UPDATE: Birthday Party gunman arrested

RUSTON, La. - Union Parish Sheriff Dusty Gates says the man who shot two men at a birthday party on Sunday November 12 is now under arrest. Louis Cross was located in a house in Ruston, and deputies say he surrendered without incident by Union and Lincoln deputies along with Ruston police and the Third District Drug Task Force.

Deputies tell NBC 10 that Louis Cross was booked Thursday into the Union Parish Detention Center, charged with two counts of attempted second-degree murder with a bond of $750,000.

Gates said Louis Cross has a long criminal history and has spent much of his life in prison. 

 

Below is the full press release sent to NBC 10:

 

Louis S. Cross, the man wanted in connection with wounding his own brother and another man early Sunday morning at Lake D’Arbonne State Park, was arrested Thursday at a house in Ruston without incident.

Union Parish Sheriff Dusty Gates said Cross, 30, of Ruston, was arrested about 10:30 a.m. by Union and Lincoln deputies along with Ruston police and the Third District Drug Task Force.

The shooting occurred about 1:30 a.m. Sunday following what has been described a Victoria Secrets’ birthday party at a rented cabin in the state park near Farmerville.

Dana Cross, 25, and Terrance Cortez Rollins, 34, both of Ruston, were apparently bystanders when they were shot as Louis Cross argued with another man as the party was breaking up.

The two have undergone surgery and are expected to survive their wounds.

Investigators reported that Dana Cross is still hospitalized at LSU Health Sciences Center-Shreveport. Investigators said Tuesday that Louis Cross left the state park after the 1:30 a.m. incident and drove his brother to the emergency room at Lincoln General Hospital in Ruston. Dana Cross was later airlifted to Shreveport. Detectives said he had been shot in the upper chest.

The other wounded man, Terrance Cortez Rollins, 34, was first carried to Union General Hospital with an abdomen wound and later airlifted to Rapides General Hospital in Alexandria. He is reportedly listed as improving.

“The shooting occurred at the end of a birthday party that was being attended by a group from the Ruston area. (Louis Cross) was arguing with another man when the shooting started. As far as we know, the two who were shot were not involved in the argument,” Gates said Sunday after the shooting.

Detectives believe that a handgun was used in the shooting.

Louis Cross was booked Thursday into the Union Parish Detention Center charged with two counts of attempted second-degree murder. His total bond is $750,000.

Gates said Louis Cross has a long criminal history and has spent much of his life in prison.

 

 

Original story 

The two Ruston area men shot at Lake D’Arbonne State Park near Farmerville early Sunday morning have undergone surgery and are expected to survive their wounds.

The man who is suspected of shooting them, Louis S. Cross, 30, of Ruston, is still being sought by Union Parish sheriff’s deputies, Sheriff Dusty Gates said Tuesday.

Investigators reported that Dana Cross, 25, is still hospitalized at LSU Health Sciences Center-Shreveport. He reportedly is the brother of Louis Cross, the suspected shooter. Investigators said Tuesday that Louis Cross left the state park after the 1:30 a.m. incident and drove his brother to the emergency room at Lincoln General Hospital in Ruston. Dana Cross was later airlifted to Shreveport. Detectives said in the upper chest.

The other wounded man, Terrance Cortez Rollins, 34, was first carried to Union General Hospital with an abdomen wound and later airlifted to Rapides General Hospital in Alexandria. He is reportedly listed as improving but is still in intensive care.

“The shooting occurred at the end of a birthday party that was being attended by a group from the Ruston area. (Louis Cross) was arguing with another man when the shooting started. As far as we know, the two who were shot were not involved in the argument,” Gates said Sunday after the shooting.

Detectives believe that a handgun was used in the shooting. A warrant has been issued for Louis Cross on two counts of attempted second-degree murder. His bond is set at $750,000.

Gates said that Louis Cross has a long criminal history and has spent much of his life in prison. “I understand (Louis Cross) was shot himself in an incident several months ago,” the sheriff said.


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