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Police: 4 dead in south La. shootings, 2 injured

RACELAND, La. (AP) – Five people were shot in southern Louisiana on Thursday and three of them died, including a Raceland hospital administrator and the wife of a Lafourche Parish councilman, authorities said.

The suspect, Ben Freeman, was found dead in his vehicle, Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office spokesman Brennan Matherne said in a news release.

The first shooting was reported about 6:40 p.m. in Lockport. Lafourche Parish Councilman Louis Phillip Gouaux was injured and his wife, Susan “Pixie” Gouaux, was killed, the sheriff’s office said on its verified Twitter account. Gouaux was being treated at a local hospital; his condition was not available.

The second shooting happened in Raceland, where Ochsner St. Anne General Hospital administrator Milton Bourgeois was shot and killed, the sheriff’s office said.

A third person was found shot and killed in Terrebonne Parish, and the sheriff’s office identified her as Denise Taylor Freeman, wife of Ben Freeman.

Police did not give information on who the second injured person was or where that person was shot.

Matherne did not immediately respond to an email from The Associated Press seeking further information.

The shootings happened about 45 miles southwest of New Orleans.

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