Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced two men have been charged and a third is being sought in connection to a shooting that occurred in Raceland on Saturday. Jacques D. Thomas (B/M, D.O.B. 12/12/82) of Raceland is wanted for the attempted second degree murder of John Ashe II (B/M, D.O.B. 11/27/70) of Newport News, Virginia. Ashe faces charges of assault, battery, and criminal damage in the incident. Deputies have also arrested Shentrelle Gray (B/M, D.O.B. 09/19/77) of 304 Bradford Street in Thibodaux for assisting Thomas in the incident.
Shortly after 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 12, deputies responded to the area of Ayo Street in Raceland after receiving calls about a possible shooting. Upon arrival, deputies quickly located the suspects vehicle and noticed a man walking from it. Deputies made contact with the man, later identified as Shentrelle Gray, and detained him.
Detectives arrived on scene a short time later. Through investigation they learned Ashe and Thomas had been at a house on Ayo Street when they began arguing. Ashe eventually began fighting with Thomas, and at one point caused damage to the residence. At one point, Ashe allegedly grabbed a kitchen knife and threatened Thomas. Thomas fled the residence, and Ashe pursued, but Thomas was able to escape. Detectives learned that Thomas then asked Gray to drive him in an effort to locate and shoot Ashe in retaliation for the incident. While they were searching in an area along St. Louis Street, Thomas spotted Ashe and fired two shots in his direction which struck a bystander in the back of the right elbow. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he was treated for moderate injuries and later released.
Gray refused to cooperate with investigators and was eventually arrested and transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux. He was booked with accessory after the fact to attempted second degree murder and is being held in lieu of $75,000 bond. Ashe was issued a criminal summons for aggravated assault, simple battery and simple criminal damage to property.
Detectives say Thomas is a convicted felon and is also facing a charge of possessing a firearm in the incident. The bond amounts on the warrants total $150,000. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact Bayou Region Crime Stoppers at 1-800-743-7433 or by texting GIVEATIP plus your message to 274637. Information can also be submitted online at http://www.crimestoppersbr.org or by using the TipSubmit Mobile application on your iPhone or Android device. Tipsters can remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward up to $1,000.00 in cash if the information given leads to an arrest.