Suspect allegedly stabs grandmother, mother before shooting three people after domestic incident escalates, police say

Source: East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office; MEGA

Aug. 3 2021, Published 1:11 p.m. ET

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A domestic incident turned deadly when a Louisiana man allegedly stabbed his grandmother and mother and shot multiple people while attempting to flee, authorities said.

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Just before 9 a.m. on Aug. 1, Aaron Morgan, 28, allegedly fatally stabbed his grandmother, Dianne Gafford, 78, and then went after his mother with a knife, the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office said.

When deputies arrived on the scene, Morgan had already fled the home in his grandmother’s car and gone to Highland Marketplace, an upscale shopping center, where he shot three people while attempting to hijack two cars, the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office said.

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The suspect’s mother and all three shooting victims are in stable condition.

Morgan allegedly stole a third vehicle left parked and running outside a business in the the shopping center and escape.

A short time later, law enforcement located Morgan and got into a short police pursuit before he abandoned the stolen car and attempted to flee the scene on foot. “The suspect pointed a firearm at deputies and deputies fired shots at the suspect,” striking him twice, the sheriff’s office said.

Morgan was taken into custody and transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. He’s expected to be charged with his grandmother’s murder as well as the multiple shootings, the sheriff’s office said.


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