Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced a 19-year-old male has been charged in the shooting death of a 15-year-old from Larose. Detectives say Neely Gardner (B/M, D.O.B. 08/24/94) of 176 Orange Street in Galliano has been charged with negligent homicide in the shooting death of Braxton Bourda (B/M, D.O.B. 09/02/98). Gardner confessed to his involvement after turning himself over to authorities early Friday morning.
At around 2:45 p.m. on Thursday, June 5, patrol deputies and detectives responded to a call of a shooting in the 100 block of East 23rd Street. Upon arrival, investigators discovered Bourda’s body lying at the roadside. Bourda, a student at South Lafourche High School, was pronounced dead at the scene having suffered a single gunshot wound to the face from what detectives say appears to have been a 9mm semi-automatic pistol.
Through investigation, detectives learned the shooting had actually occurred in the center of the roadway, and witnesses saw multiple subjects drag Bourda to the roadside. The subjects, witnesses say, fled the scene on foot, walking to the rear of East 23rd Street. Deputies and detectives combed the nearby areas in search of the subjects and questioning residents, and eventually they developed Neely Gardner as a suspect in the shooting, but Gardner could not be located at that time.
Then around 1:15 a.m. on Friday, June 6, Gardner arrived at the South Lafourche Sub-station in Cut Off and turned himself over to authorities. Through questioning, Gardner told detectives he found the gun lying on the ground near a house and was trying to unload the gun when it accidently fired one round striking Bourda in the face. Gardner told detectives he then dropped the firearm, dragged Bourda to the roadside and fled the area.
After questioning, Gardner was booked with Negligent Homicide as well as Contempt of Court after he was found to have an outstanding warrant from 2013 for failure to pay fines and costs of stemming from an original charge of Resisting an Officer. A bond amount has not yet been set.
Detectives say their investigation into this matter is continuing.
UPDATE (6/6/14 9:30am): Bond has been set at $250,000 by Judge Jerome J. Barbera III.