Two injured, one jailed in Moss Bluff shooting

June 23, 2009 at 10:55 pm Leave a comment

*published June 23, 2009
BY VANESSA C. DEGGINS

Calcasieu Parish detectives are investigating a shooting that reportedly sent two men to the hospital.

At about 1 p.m., deputies responding to a call found Barry W. Thomas, 49, of Lake Charles, lying in the front yard at 470 W. Telephone Road with a semi-automatic weapon pointed toward the residence, said Sheriff Tony Mancuso.

Thomas was arrested, and the extent of the two victims’ injuries will determine the charges filed against him, Mancuso said. The victims were taken to Lake Charles Memorial Hospital and are believed to be in stable condition.

One man was shot in the neck and chest, and the other man was shot in the leg, Mancuso said. Their names have not been released because their relatives haven’t been notified yet, he said.

“So far, we believe Thomas was in the home with two other males, an argument took place and he opened fire,” Mancuso said.

None of the men reside at the mobile home, which is owned by Floyd Sweet, whom Mancuso said is working out of town. The home was rented to Sweet’s cousin, who moved there from Houston.

Nearby residents said they had not heard any disturbances from the residence and that the street is generally quiet.

“I saw a couple coming and going from there, but never heard any noise,” said Dee Barker, who lives about a half-block away.

Mancuso said a witness was taken to the Sheriff’s Office for questioning.

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