ST. MARTINVILLE, La. (KLFY) — A Georgia man was convicted of attempted murder in a drive-by shooting of a California family on I-10 in St. Martin Parish in 2021.
According to District Attorney Bo Duhé, Markus Onterious Andrews, 39, of Atlanta, Georgia, was found guilty of five counts of first-degree attempted murder after a four-day trial.
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Andrews was arrested following a July 2021 shootout in which he opened fire with an AK-47 at a California family of five traveling through the state of Louisiana on I-10 in St. Martin Parish.
The St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office responded at the scene and found the victim’s vehicle had multiple bullet holes in the cabin where the family of five, including two teenagers, was staying. The victim’s driver was able to identify the vehicle that shot him as a black Kia Soul. With this information, SMPSO was able to obtain information about the black Kia Soul’s license plate reader at the time of the violation and track the direction of travel.
Law enforcement was also able to determine that Andrews rented this particular vehicle from a rental company in Atlanta, Georgia. The defendant also later called 911, identified himself, and stated that he had shot a vehicle on I-10 and claimed he was being followed.
Andrews was pulled over at St. John the Baptist Parish about an hour after the shooting, where his vehicle contained an AK-47 and spent shell casings, authorities said.
The case is scheduled to appear before Judge Suzanne deMahy on October 6.