Police scramble to piece together what happened after bizarre string of shootings, drug overdose in Slidell

Police scramble to piece together what happened after bizarre string of shootings, drug overdose in

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Slidell Police are investigating three overnight shootings that left one person dead, one in critical condition and one in stable condition. Police believe all are related.

Thursday around 10:15 p.m., officers responded to a suspected drug overdose involving a 43-year-old female on Gwen Drive in Slidell.

At some point, the son of the deceased female, 29-year-old Joshua Cox, was told of his mother’s death and asked his wife to drive him to the hospital in order to see her.

While on the way to the hospital, Cox and his wife got into an argument, resulting in Cox allegedly shooting his wife once in the chest. Cox dropped his wife off at Slidell Memorial Hospital and fled the scene.

The victim is currently in stable condition and is expected to survive. Several hours later, around 4:30 a.m. on Friday, Slidell Police responded to a report of shots fired at an apartment complex on Lee Street in Slidell.

Investigators found Cox on the ground suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. Cox was rushed to the hospital where he is currently listed in critical condition.

The person responsible for shooting Cox has been identified and is currently cooperating with the investigation.

During the course of the investigation at the apartment complex on Lee Street, Slidell Police located a body inside a vehicle. St. Tammany Parish Coroner Dr. Charles Preston identified the deceased as 38-year-old, Christopher Evans of Slidell. The manner of death has been ruled a homicide, and the cause is a gunshot wound.

Shannon Coble said she didn’t hear or see anything until police were deep into their investigation at the apartments on lee street. Living a couple doors down, she says she’s always kept an eye on the neighboring complex.

“It’s just always in and out, and some people are very nice, and some we know you just stay away from being up there,” Coble said.

“This is a very complex investigation with a lot of moving parts. At this time, we believe all suspects, including their whereabouts, have been identified. Our investigators are still piecing together all events that happened last night and early this morning. We will release more details as soon as we are able to do so,” Slidell Police Chief Randy Fandal said in a statement.

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