Witnesses say drug suspect also birthday party killer
Jonathan Citizen remained in the Acadia Parish Jail today under a $1 million bond, accused of distribution of crack cocaine but considered the suspect in a fatal shooting at a Church Point birthday party on Sunday.
Citizen, witnesses said, shot Paul Landry, 43, several times after returning to the scene following flight from officers called to remove him.
The victim, family members say, stopped by the birthday part of a friend. Shortly after he arrived, they said, Citizen, known by most as “Armadillo”, arrived at the festivities.
Soon, Citizen started a fight, they said. After it was broken up, Citizen left, saying he would be back.
He returned, they said, in a different vehicle, shooting a gun as he arrived. People at the party scattered, hoping to avoid being shot.
Police were called again, but Citizen hid behind a nearby mobile home until they left, witnesses said.
When the police left, Citizen returned and opened fire again, killing Landry.
Fenisha Johnson, the birthday honoree, said she tried to save his life, putting the pressure on the wound, but he died in her arms, a memory that will haunt every future birthday, she said.
Johnson’s fiance was shot three times in the leg. He was treated and released from an area hospital.
Authorities have not said what might have been the motive in the shooting, and have not said what kind of gun was used.
Citizen has not been charged with the shooting.