The suspect in Monday’s shooting in Ponchatoula, Brandy Hogan, 49, of Hammond, was arrested Wednesday.

Hogan turned himself in at the Ponchatoula police station about noon Wednesday and was booked on three counts of second-degree attempted murder and convicted felon in possession of a firearm, Chief Bry Layrisson said.

Hogan is accused of shooting a woman in the head Monday about 2:30 p.m. while she sat in a vehicle with a young child and man, neither of whom were injured, Layrisson said. Ponchatoula police went to Plum Street and Jackson Road in response to reports of shots fired. The location is just off the Interstate 55 Southeast Service Road on the south side of Ponchatoula.

On Monday afternoon, the victim was in stable condition at the hospital. As of Wednesday, there had been no update on her condition.

Stabbing on campus

A Southeastern Louisiana University student was arrested and charged with aggravated battery in connection with a stabbing incident on the Hammond campus early Saturday, a university spokesman said.

Meanwhile, the family of LSU junior Draven Upchurch is thankful for the many blood drives being held on his behalf as he undergoes multiple surgeries.

The Blood Center is accepting donations in his name. In Hammond the address is 1116 McKaskle Drive, off JW Davis Drive. Also a blood drive, hosted by TriDelta and TKE through Our Lady of the Lake Hospital, was held Wednesday at LSU.

Upchurch suffered eight stab wounds, five making contact with his lungs, stomach and colon, according to a statement by his mother, Angie D. Autin-Fasullo. He was taken to the trauma center at North Oaks hospital, and his mother said the intake surgery lasted more than four hours.

Southeastern spokesman Michael Beckner said a third party alerted authorities to the disturbance in Louisiana Hall about 3:30 a.m.

They arrested Elizabeth Grace Johnson, age 18, from Folsom, and took her to the parish jail, Beckner said. Reportedly, she has bonded out of jail.

The incident remains under investigation, Beckner said.

Hit while walking in road

Scott Gagnon, 39, of Bangor, Maine, died Tuesday around 12:30 a.m. when hit by a car while he was walking in the center of the eastbound lane of LA 22, according to state police. The incident happened near Sam Arnold Loop in the Bedico community.

The driver of the 1998 Toyota Corolla, who sustained minor injuries, showed no signs of impairment, troopers said.

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