Attempted murder suspect arrested

Alton Kemp Jr.

A 27-year-old Verdunville man wanted for attempted second degree murder stemming from a March 30 shooting in Morgan City was arrested Monday evening at after narcotics detectives found crack cocaine on him at a residence, St. Mary Parish Sheriff Mark Hebert said in a news release.
Alton Kemp Jr., 27, of the 400 block of Verdun Lane in Verdunville, was arrested at 5:49 p.m. Monday on a warrant from Morgan City police for attempted second degree murder, possession of crack cocaine, possession of a controlled dangerous substance in the presence of a juvenile and on a warrant for failure to appear.
Narcotics detectives went to the 400 block of Verdun Lane in an attempt to locate Kemp. Kemp was located in a bedroom of the residence and was detained without incident. Two rocks of crack cocaine were located near Kemp, the news release stated. A juvenile was at the residence at the time of the investigation. Kemp was jailed with no bail set.
Kemp was wanted for attempted second degree murder stemming from a March 30 shooting in Morgan City that left two people wounded.
One victim, Lawrence Blackburn, 36, of Morgan City, received a single gunshot wound to the lower chest area, Banks said. The second victim, Dwayne Clark, 36, of Morgan City, received a gunshot wound to the hand area, Morgan City Police Chief Michael Banks said.
Clark was the victim of a shooting reported in the same area on March 15. Clark suffered injuries to his face during that shooting. Police have not found anything connecting the March 30 shooting with the March 15 shooting, Banks said.

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