- According to law enforcement one of Theriot’s parents told deputies Theriot was the shooter before later dying at the hospital
- Theriot is believed to also be responsible for killing three others in the neighboring Livingston Parish
- Police believe Theriot to be armed and dangerous and driving a
stolen gray and silver 2004 Dodge Ram pickup
Five people are dead in two parishes near Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and police are currently searching for 21-year-old Dakota Theriot as the primary suspect.
Two shootings occurred in Ascension and Livingston parishes early Saturday morning. Theriot is believed to have killed his parents Elizabeth and Keith Theriot, both 51, in the town of Gonzalez according to Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office. Ascension Parish Sheriff Bobby Webre told reporters one of Theriot’s parents were still alive when deputies arrived at the house and able to identify their son as the shooter before being transported to a hospital in Baton Rouge.
Theriot is also suspected of killing Billy Ernest, 43; Tanner Ernest, 17; and Summer Ernest, 20; neighboring Livingston Parish. The three were found dead on Saturday morning according to Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office. At least one of the victims was believed to be friend with Theriot.
Ascension sheriff’s spokeswoman Allison Hudson said the two shootings are believed to be connected. However, investigators are still trying to determine a motive for the shootings. Theriot was living with his parents briefly, but was asked to leave the residence and not return.
Theriot is currently charged with two counts of first-degree murder, illegal use of weapons, and home invasion. He was last known to be driving a stolen gray and silver 2004 Dodge Ram pickup.