JEFFERSON PARISH, LA (WVUE) - Two teens involved in a Tuesday shootout in Harvey that resulted in the death of a 15-year-old girl are facing new charges in the incident and are connected to other crimes, according to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office.
Investigators said an ongoing argument between the two led to the confrontation.
Romalis Levier, 18, faces manslaughter in the death of Shamarie Joseph, who was hit in the chest by a stray bullet as she was watching TV inside an apartment in the 1600 block of Apache Drive. Investigators said she was holding a toddler when she was shot, but that child was not injured.
Emmett Garrison IV, 17, faces attempted second-degree murder for allegedly opening fire on Levier. Garrison sustained a gunshot wound to the stomach in the shootout and remains hospitalized. Deputies said efforts are underway to have Garrison booked by the Orleans sheriff while still at University Hospital, and then have his custody transferred to the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center.
Crime Scene Technicians and Firearms Examiners recovered and processed 19 .9-mm shell casings at the scene. It was determined that the gun that fired those rounds was linked to Garrison and was used in two attempted armed robberies where shots were fired and one armed robbery in which a victim was shot. All three incidents occurred within a short period of time on the same night in early December. Garrison was positively identified through a photographic line-up as a lookout in one of the incidents. Robbery detectives obtained arrest warrants for Garrison in all three cases. Levier has also been linked to those cases, detectives said.
Also at the Apache Drive scene were several .22-caliber shell casings. The gun that fired those rounds was stolen during an armed robbery in New Orleans in early December, was linked to Levier and found in a garbage can at his home, investigators said.
Investigators said Levier admitted that he went to Apache Drive on Tuesday to confront Garrison. Levier said Garrison was previously involved in a shooting incident with one of Levier's close friends and had been threatening Levier ever since. Levier told investigators that when he confronted Garrison on Tuesday, Garrison produced his own gun and fired at Levier, prompting Levier to return fire.
After speaking to investigators, Levier was returned to the JPCC, where he remains. There was no word on bond.