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Investigators work the scene of a shooting in Ascension Parish, Louisiana, which left five people dead in two parishes. Photo: AP

Investigators work the scene of a shooting in Ascension Parish, Louisiana, which left five people dead in two parishes. Photo: AP

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Investigators work the scene of a shooting in Ascension Parish, Louisiana, which left five people dead in two parishes. Photo: AP

A Louisiana man who authorities say killed five people, including his own parents, was caught yesterday following a day-long manhunt that spanned multiple states.

Dakota Theriot (21) shot and killed his girlfriend, her father and her brother before driving to a neighbouring county, where he killed his parents, authorities said. Theriot then drove more than 1,600km north-east to Richmond County in Virginia, where he was arrested early yesterday.

Livingston Parish Sheriff Jason Ard said the rampage began shortly before 9am on Saturday, when authorities in Livingston Parish, east of Baton Rouge, received a 911 call about three victims who had been shot. Those victims were the suspect's girlfriend, Summer Earnest (20), her father, Billy Earnest (43), and her younger brother, Tanner Earnest (17). Mr Ard said there were two children inside the home, aged seven and one. They were not harmed.

Theriot then stole Billy Earnest's 2004 Dodge pickup truck and drove to Ascension Parish, about 50km away, and shot his parents, Elizabeth and Keith Theriot, both 50, inside their trailer, authorities said.

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Shooting suspect Dakota Theriot. Photo: AP

Shooting suspect Dakota Theriot. Photo: AP

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Ascension Parish Sheriff Bobby Webre said the suspect's father was still alive when officers arrived and was able to tell them that his son had shot him.

Dakota Theriot previously lived with his parents before they asked him to leave a couple of weeks ago, authorities said. He then moved in with his girlfriend and her family. Authorities said they had just started dating.

After the shooting, Theriot drove for 16 hours overnight to Warsaw, Virginia, where his grandmother lives. When he arrived, two deputies were at the house. (© Washington Post)

Irish Independent