A Meraux man who was gunned down at a Metairie apartment complex Jan. 18 had driven there to help a friend who called him after a heated argument with her boyfriend, according to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Albert Bourgeois, 37, was shot as he stepped out of his vehicle, authorities said.
He was pronounced dead shortly after deputies found his body in the parking lot of the Flowergate Apartments, 3400 Kent Ave.
Homicide detectives have arrested Keith Johnson and Daronica Lumar — the female friend who had asked for Bourgeois’ help — in connection with the case, said Capt. Jason Rivarde, a Sheriff’s Office spokesman. But authorities only recently revealed the connection between Bourgeois and the suspects
Johnson, 37, and Lumar, 28, lived together in an apartment in the complex. After a fight, Lumar called Bourgeois and asked him to come and pick her up, according to Rivarde.
Bourgeois arrived at the complex about 11:20 p.m. Johnson opened fire on him just as he stepped out of his vehicle, Rivarde said. The shooting was recorded by the apartment complex’s surveillance cameras, according to authorities.
Johnson immediately fled the scene. Lumar also drove away, according to deputies who spotted her leaving the complex as they arrived.
Lumar was detained a short time later and questioned about the shooting. She was arrested after she refused to identify the person who had killed Bourgeois, Rivarde said.
Lumar was booked Jan. 19 with being an accessory after the fact to second-degree murder.
Detectives identified Johnson as the gunman and obtained a warrant for his arrest. The U.S. Marshals Service tracked him to Jonesboro, Georgia, where he was arrested about a week later.
Johnson was extradited to Jefferson Parish and booked Jan. 31 with second-degree murder, obstruction of justice and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.