A La. Gunman commits suicide after killing wife and ex-mother-in-law.
A La. gunman went on a killing spree that ended the lives of three people and wounding three others before he took his own life.
Ben Edward Freeman, 38, allegedly killed his wife, Denise, his former mother-in-law, Susan Gouaux, and Milton Bourgeois, the head of Ochsner St. Anne Hospital. Freeman was later found in a vehicle along the interstate dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Freeman began his reign of terror when he burst into the home in the town of Lockport, La., about 45 miles southwest of New Orleans and shot Lafourche Parish Councilman Louis Phillip Gouaux and his wife, Susan, shortly before 7 p.m., authorities said.
Freeman also hurt his former wife, Andrea Gouaux, in the shooting, police said.
Susan Gouaux died before the emergency response team arrived to the scene, but her husband and daughter survived, although they are listed as in critical condition at University Hospital.
20 minutes later, Freeman allegedly made his way to a Raceland home where he shot Milton Bourgeois. His wife, Ann Bourgeois was also shot, but she survived according to Parish Sherriff’s Office spokesperson Brennan Matherne.
A manhunt for the suspect was issued soon after police identified Freeman as the shooter, swarming his Houma home, where they found his wife dead in a bathtub. Her cause of death was not immediately released.
The couple had a history of domestic violence, and courts had issued at least two protective orders, the most recent expiring last month, WDSU reported per NY Daily News.
Freeman had worked at three hospitals over the last few years, including the facility operated by his victim Bourgeois. He was found dead in a vehicle pulled over along U.S. Highway 90 near Bayou Blue, police said.
Police say a shotgun was used in all of the shootings.