Police make arrest in Slidell shooting that left two dead, six injured

SLIDELL, La. - The 22-year-old wanted by police for killing two people outside an Olde Town Slidell bar Thursday morning, and injuring six others, is now, behind bars.

Crimestoppers tips led authorities to Covington native Jamieon Chatman, who police say was hiding out at a home in Vermillion Parish.

Slidell Chief Randy Smith says, "He was on the run no doubt. He knew we were on his tail and he was trying to get out of dodge, no doubt."

Smith says people were helping Chatman hide...they now face charges. Chatman's arrest comes just hours after he was named the prime suspect in the shooting that took two lives and injured six others.

The individual we have in custody decided for whatever unknown reason, to pull a gun out and shoot randomly into a crowd of about 75 people," said Smith.

The crowd was partying inside Shooters social club Christmas night when a fight inside, forced bouncers to kick everyone out. Chief Smith says Chatman randomly opened fire on the sidewalk, killing 22-year-old Errol Scott, known by his family as "Ro" and 23-year-old Mark Womack.

Outside Shooters, a memorial for the two victims grows. Amongst the flowers and teddy bears, there are reminders of the vibrant lives these two young men each led, including football cleats and gloves.

Smith says Chatman is cooperating with authorities and has remorse for what he's done. The chief also says Chatman admitted, he wasn't targeting any of the eight people that were hit by bullets.

Smith calls this one of the most horrific shootings in Slidell history explaining, "You got eight people shot, two dead, that's a big deal. That's a big deal for us and that's a big deal for anybody."

Most of all, Slidell's Police Chief is thankful for the public, who helped lead authorities to Jameion Chatman. Those tipsters will now share in a $7500 Crimestoppers reward.

Crimestoppers CEO Darlene Cusanza says, "We've had multiple calls, there probably will be a split of the reward but we're just thrilled that so many people did answer that call."

It's a call that brought one suspected shooter, to justice.

Of the six people injured by bullets, four are out of the hospital. Chief Smith says the other two are in stable condition and are expected to make a full recovery.