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Suspect arrested in quadruple shooting at Marrero birthday party

March 01, 2016



Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office detectives arrested a man accused of shooting up a Marrero birthday party, injuring four teenagers. Corey Ursin, 19, of 1013 Dimarco Drive, Marrero, was booked with aggravated second-degree battery, according to Col. John Fortunato, spokesman for the department.

Investigators are searching for a second, unidentified suspect in the case. No other details were available Monday (Feb. 29) about that suspect.

The shooting occurred at Chit Chat Event Hall, 5423 Lapalco Blvd., Marrero, around 11:30 p.m. on Feb. 13. About 25 teenagers were attending a birthday party for a 17-year-old at the second-floor reception facility when gunfire rang out, piercing the walls.

The Sheriff's Office Shotspotter system registered 20 to 30 gunshots, a report said.

Police suspect multiple shooters
A 14-year-old suffered gunshot wounds to the back and neck. A 15-year-old suffered a gunshot wound to the right cheek, and another 15-year-old suffered a gunshot wound to the right knee. Outside, a 16-year-old standing on the balcony was shot in the leg, incident reports said.

A witness spotted two men shooting at the business from the nearby intersection of Lapalco Boulevard and Manor Heights Drive. The men then drove off in a light-colored four-door sedan, the report said.

Investigators recovered 26 shell casings, 14 from a .40-caliber pistol and 12 from a 9mm pistol.

No information was available Monday about how detectives identified Ursin as a suspect in the case, but investigators obtained a warrant for his arrest. They took him into custody Friday (Feb. 26) at L.W. Higgins High School, 7201 Lapalco Blvd., Marrero, where he is a student, the report said.

The suspect is accused of inappropriate contact with the boy.
When arrested, investigators found Ursin with 20 bags of marijuana with a total weight of 11 grams, an arrest report said.

In addition to the aggravated battery charge, Ursin was booked with violation of drug laws and three outstanding attachments.

Ursin was being held Monday at the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center in Gretna. Bond on all but one of the attachments was set at $112,000. Ursin was being held without bond on the third attachment.

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