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10 Wounded By Felon In Shooting After Louisiana Mardi Gras Parade

Bogalusa, LA – Armed bystanders stopped a convicted felon accused of shooting 10 people after a Mardi Gras parade on Saturday night, according to police.

The attack occurred near East 4th Street and MLK Drive at approximately 6:28 p.m., shortly after the Magic City Carnival Association parade rolled by, WVUE reported.

Investigators said the gunman, later identified as 41-year-old Less Dillon, opened fire on a group of individuals standing in front of a store.

Ten people were hit by his gunfire, leaving them with injuries ranging from minor to severe, according to the Bogalusa Police Department (BPD).

Among the victims was a six-year-old who suffered a graze wound, WVUE reported.

Although the mass shooting allegedly stemmed from a domestic dispute, most of the victims who were hit were not Dillon’s intended targets.

Bystanders immediately returned fire, leaving the gunman “seriously wounded,” police said, according to The Times-Picayune.

Police out on patrol heard the gunfire and raced to the scene.

BPD officers rushed two victims to the hospital on their own, while the other eight were transported either by ambulance or in private vehicles, WWL reported.

Dillon was airlifted to a hospital for treatment.

He survived his wounds and was arrested on multiple charges, according to WVUE.

Additional charges, including attempted first-degree murder, are expected, The Times-Picayune reported.

The conditions of the 10 victims wounded in the attack were not available Thursday morning, according to the paper.

Police said multiple storefront windows and vehicles sitting in front of the business where the mass shooting occurred were also struck by gunfire, WDSU reported.

Investigators said the investigation into the shooting remains ongoing.

Dillion has a lengthy criminal history and has been arrested at least 18 times since 2003, according to WVUE.

Prior charges include narcotics offenses, domestic violence, and weapons violations.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin

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