Crime

Man Sends Text Before Shooting At In-Law's House

| by Zara Zhi
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A Louisiana man allegedly sent a disturbing text message to his estranged wife before firing almost 40 shots into his father-in-law's house.

William Canada, 30, is a former soldier and suffers from head wounds stemming from an IED explosion during his tour in Afghanistan. Canada’s behavior leading up to the shooting was allegedly erratic, as his ex-wife filed for divorce about 10 days before, according to WWL.

St. Charles Sheriff Greg Champagne says the suspect used a semi-automatic gun to shoot into his ex-wife’s parents’ home on Aug. 2. Champagne also says that Canada planned on making Molotov cocktails, as accelerants were found at the home.

The woman’s father was hit by a bullet that traveled through the door and sofa before striking him. He was treated at a nearby hospital and later released. Canada’s estranged wife and her mother were also present during the attack, but neither was injured.

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Canada was booked on three counts of attempted first-degree murder. Champagne says the suspect entered a rehab facility in April for an oxycodone addiction. Before rehab, Canada received treatment for depression following the deterioration of his marriage.

His conduct became especially alarming on the night of Aug. 1, when he went to the house he formerly shared with his wife in Chalmette and asked to speak to the woman who lives there now.

Canada brought a daiquiri with him and spoke bizarrely. The woman who answered the door became so frightened that she called the St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s office and they issued an alert for Canada.

A St. Bernard deputy who knows Canada allegedly called him, at which point Canada said he was on Bourbon Street.

Canada also cryptically revealed his plans in a text to his estranged wife around 2:30 a.m. Aug. 2. Champagne said the text read, “bye-bye a-holes,” reports NOLA.

St. Bernard officials notified the ex-wife and her family about Canada’s whereabouts. Her 59-year-old father decided to arm himself and sleep in the front room.

That text was not seen by the family because they were asleep at the time, but the father awoke and found Canada pacing around outside of the home about 4 a.m. Champagne said there was no verbal encounter, but that Canada allegedly saw his father-in-law moving in the front room and he began firing before he absconded.

Champagne said Canada was detained before he could leave the Ashton Plantation subdivision in Luling.

Champagne said that Canada’s home would be searched by bomb specialists, as a preventative measure, as authorities believe Canada perhaps had bomb-making training in the military. 

Sources: NOLA, WWL / Photo credit: WWLTV

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