Two brothers arrested in connection with fatal shooting of gas station clerk: Killed him ‘for zero reason’

KENNER, LA U.S. Marshals arrested two brothers for robbing a gas station and murdering the clerk in late November. According to authorities, the two suspects murdered the suspect “for zero reason”.  

On November 30, shortly after 2:00 a.m., 30-year-old Abd El Ghader Sylla was working at the Shell gas station near Williams Boulevard and West Esplanade Avenue in Kenner when two masked men entered the convenience store. 

Kenner Police Chief Michael Glaser stated that the two suspects, identified as 29-year-old Eric Rodgers and 28-year-old Lamonte Loggins, robbed the clerk and then executed him after getting the money from the drawer: 

“There weren’t any underlying circumstances other than a clerk picking up an extra shift to provide for his family. Two guys come in, rob him, and ultimately shoot and kill him for zero reason.”

The victim was reportedly on his knees pleading for his life before he was shot. Police say that Loggins was the alleged gunman who fired the fatal shot into Sylla.

Rodgers and Loggins were reportedly observed on numerous security cameras from both homes and businesses leaving the scene of the murder in a vehicle, eventually arriving at an apartment complex a mile and a half away in north Kenner.

The brothers were eventually tracked down in Memphis, Tennessee, with both reportedly hiding out in different homes with either friends or relatives. 

Loggins was reportedly arrested by U.S. Marshals on December 8 and Rodgers was arrested the day after. 

Scott Illing, U.S. Marshal for the Eastern District of Louisiana, stated:

“We took this immediate threat off the street. The way this murder occurred was senseless. It was cold-blooded and it was a threat to everyone in the Kenner and JP area in our communities.”

DNA processed by the Jefferson Parish crime lab that was collected at the crime scene was reportedly a positive match for one of the two suspects arrested. 

Jefferson Parish Sheriff Joe Lopinto, while pleased the case was resolved quickly, also expressed hope that these sorts of crimes would never again happen: 

“I always say that our job is to solve crime quickly to try and prevent the next crime from happening. We hope crimes like this never happen again.”

Authorities have since charged Loggins with first-degree murder and charged Rodgers with second-degree murder and armed robbery.

With regard to the second-degree charges levied against Rodgers, Chief Glaser stated that his department was getting pushback since it would be difficult to prove Rodgers bore intent to kill when Loggins was the alleged trigger man: 

“The second one did not have the intent to kill. We tried first-degree. The commissioner wouldn’t sign it. We had to settle for second-degree. I still think I can argue first degree on both, but that’s another day.”

The victim reportedly leaves behind a pregnant wife and a one-year-old child. 

The two suspects are currently in custody at the Shelby County Jail in Tennessee awaiting extradition back to Louisiana. 

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Two U.S. Marshals shot, one NYPD detective injured in attack by armed fugitive wanted for shooting cop

December 4, 2020

NEW YORK CITY, NY – Two U.S. Marshals were shot and an NYPD detective was reportedly injured during a confrontation with an alleged armed fugitive within the Bronx during the morning hours of December 4. 

Officials say that both U.S. Marshals are expected to survive said gunshot wounds and that the suspect being sought is deceased following the confrontation. 

The U.S. Marshals’ New York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force were reportedly in the Wakefield section of the Bronx at around 5:30 a.m. searching for 35-year-old Andre Sterling. 

Sterling was said to have been wanted for allegedly shooting 28-year-old Trooper John Lennon in the hand on November 20th in Hyannis, Massachusetts. 

The suspect was obviously not apprehended after said incident on November 20th, which resulted in Sterling being listed as a wanted fugitive for charges of armed assault with intent to murder, possession of a firearm and assault and battery. 

When U.S Marshals confronted the suspect on December 4th at an apartment within the area, a shootout transpired. One of the U.S. Marshals was shot in the leg and arm, while the other was struck in the leg. 

Sterling was reportedly killed during the exchanged gunfire.

As for the NYPD detective injured during the incident, reports allege the detective injured his leg but pointed out that the injury was not gunfire-related. However, not much context has been provided beyond that. 

While having been shot, officials noted that the U.S. Marshals’ injuries are non-life threatening. 

It’s unclear what led authorities to locate the suspect at the apartment complex, as not many details have been released regarding the investigation prior to the confrontation. 

All that has been revealed so far is that investigators working the case regarding the non-fatal shooting of Trooper Lennon in November believed that Sterling may have fled the Hyannis, Massachusetts area, prior to the December 4th confrontation

None of the injured law enforcement personnel have been identified as of this time. 

This is a developing story. 

Please follow Law Enforcement Today as we gather further updates on this investigation. 

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