GRETNA, LA (WVUE) - Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand announced an arrest Thursday in the fatal shooting of a 10-month old boy. He said they are still looking for a second gunman.
At a news conference, the sheriff said 27-year-old Jonathan Manuel of Harvey was booked Dec. 13 with one count of first-degree murder, one count of attempted first-degree murder, and two counts of illegally carrying a weapon.
"It's not often in one's career that you deal with the homicide of a 10-month-old," Normand said. "Unfortunately, I think it's touched many of the folks here in this department and it's why we have been on this case with a lot of fervor trying to bring a resolution to it."
The sheriff said it was too early in the investigation to say if the shooting was drug-related.
On Dec. 3, 10-month old Xy' ahar Davis was shot and killed while inside a home in the 2100 block of Caddy Drive in Marrero. A 16-year-old male was also shot.
Police say the baby's father, Xevion Davis, told investigators he was in the back of the home with two other males when he heard gunshots. He told officers that when he got to the front of the house he saw two people shot.
Detectives met with Davis where he admitted he was present during the shootings and witnessed two black males fire weapons while standing in the doorway. Davis positively identified Manuel as one of the shooters.
Detectives were able to recover fingerprints from the doorway and link them to Manuel. An arrest warrant was issued for Manuel.
Police stopped him in the 2000 block of Woodmere Blvd and recovered a handgun from the SUV he was in. Members of the JPSO SWAT searched Manuel's home and recovered a second weapon.
He was questioned by police but denied ever being at the Caddy Drive address or having any involvement in the double shooting. The second shooter in the incident has not been located.
Manuel has a lengthy criminal history including arrests for drug possession and resisting arrest. Deputies said Manuel was on probation at the time of the shooting for a 2009 incident where he was convicted of cruelty to juvenile, felon carrying an illegal firearm and flight using motor vehicle.