Woman killed in car at Louisiana gas station

Hammond, La. (WGNO) – A Hammond teenager has been charged with murder after detectives said he shot and killed a woman in her parked car at a Tangipahoa community gas station on Sunday.

The investigation began when detectives said an HPD officer was pulled over by a driver near Southwest Railroad Avenue near the Old Covington Highway just after 7 p.m. The driver said a woman in his car was shot dead at a nearby gas station and they were on their way to the hospital.

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The victim, later identified as 24-year-old Tori Banks of Hammond, was then transported by EMS to North Oaks Medical Center, where she later died.

An early police investigation found the suspect, 19-year-old Johnathon Williams, was sitting in Banks’ car with Banks and another man – the driver who later stopped the officer – at the gas station.

Although details of what led to the shooting were unclear, detectives say Williams pulled a firearm and shot Banks. He then ran away from the scene while the other man sought help.

Williams was later arrested without incident at his nearby home around 11:30 p.m. He was sentenced to the Hammond City Jail on charges including:

  • First degree murder
  • Attempted first degree murder
  • Illegal delivery of a firearm

HPD continues to investigate the shooting. Anyone with further information is urged to contact Detective Corey Morse of the Criminal Investigations Division at 985-277-5758 or [email protected].

Tips may also be submitted anonymously to the Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa anonymous tips hotline at 800-554-5245. You may be eligible for a cash reward.

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