Homicide in Geismar, multiple suspects sought

Staff Writer
Donaldsonville Chief

Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Detectives are asking for the public’s assistance in solving a homicide in Geismar.  Detectives are searching for a number of suspects and two suspect vehicles, according to Major Kevin Hanna.

On Wednesday evening, June 5, just after the 8 o’clock hour the Sheriff’s Office responded to the intersection of Ellem Road and Stevenson Road off of Highway 73.  20-year-old Bernard Solomon was found lying in the intersection with multiple gunshot wounds. He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Information from people who live near the location of the shooting reported seeing a mid-size silver colored car, believed to be a Nissan Altima, and another mid-size vehicle that was either dark red or maroon at the intersection at the time of the shooting.  These witnesses all indicated that both vehicles fled the scene immediately after the shooting.

A surveillance camera in the area ofStevenson Road captured images of the suspect vehicles fleeing the scene immediately following the shooting. Both vehicles turned left onto Highway 73 from Stevenson Road, heading south toward Highway 30.  Both vehicles are being sought by detectives.

It is believed that the silver colored car was occupied by an unknown number of male subjects and the maroon car was occupied by two male subjects. 

During the overnight investigation detectives developed a suspect, 18-year-old Richard Gauthier of 307 Bourg Street, Donaldsonville. An arrest warrant has been obtained on Gauthier for one count of first-degree murder.  Gauthier and the victim are known to be acquaintances, but the motive is unknown.  If you should come across him or the vehicles please do not approach.  Contact the Sheriff’s Office immediately.

Additional arrests are anticipated as the investigation continues and several other “persons of interest” have been identified.         

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office at 225-621-INFO (4636) or by texting 847411 to our anonymous tip line from any cellular device or Crime Stoppers at 225-344-STOP (7867). To be eligible for a cash reward, you must contact Crime Stoppers immediately.