Set of tires said center of suspect's birthday party shooting spree

Authorities alleged Jonathan Citizen killed a man at a Church Point birthday party in an argument over a set of tires.

Citizen is in the Acadia Parish Jail under a $1 million bond. He is charged with second-degree murder, attempted 1st-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder and second-degree battery.

According to Acadia Sheriff Wayne Melancon, Citizen, 29, of Martin Luther King Street, Church Point, killed Paul Landry, 43, of West Point Road, Church Point, and shot two other men.

Landry was shot seven times - in the head, back and chest -- with a .22 caliber rifle, the sheriff said.

Citizen shot the men, the sheriff said, during his third appearance at the party.

Citizen’s first appearance at the event was at about 8:30 p.m. Saturday. Citizen allegedly drove to the residence where he struck a guest in the face and left.

Approximately three hours later Citizen drove by the residence and began shooting in the direction of a crowd gathered in the front yard. A man received injuries to his leg and the area above his right eye.

Citizen fled in the vehicle he was driving. The incident was then reported to the Church Point Police Department who then began looking for Citizen.

Citizen made a third and final appearance three hours later, on foot armed with a .22 rifle. Witnesses stated that Citizen approached the residence from the side of the residence and began shooting.

A male subject was struck and received injury to his leg and shoulder, Melancon said

According to witnesses, Landry knew Citizen, known as “Armadillo”, and asked him to stop shooting.

Citizen shot Landry, who pronounced dead at the scene by the Acadia Parish Coroner’s Office.

The suspect was arrested by Opelousas police in a night club there and initially charged with distribution of crack cocaine, according to jail records.

Fenisha Johnson, the birthday honoree, said she tried to save Landry’s life, putting the pressure on the wound, but he died in her arms, a memory that will haunt every future birthday, she said.

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