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Louisiana shootings have killed four people and injured two, according to a Dec. 27 ABC News report. The victims included Milton Bourgeois, a Raceland hospital administrator, Denise Taylor Freeman, Susan "Pixie" Gouaux, wife of injured victim Lafourche Parish Councilman Louis Phillip Gouaux, wife of the suspect Ben Freeman, and Ben Freeman himself.

NBC News reports that the suspect, Freeman is from southern Louisiana, and that several of the victims are family members. 38-year-old Freeman is the ex-husband of Gouaux’s daughter Jeanne, according to police reports. The shootings took place at four different locations with the first report coming in at 6:40 p.m., when Councilman Gouaux called 911 from his home in Lockport, according to The Courier newspaper.

The councilman’s wife was already dead when authorities arrived, but his injured daughter Andrea was alive and transported to the University Hospital in New Orleans. Both daughter and father are in critical but stable condition, Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office spokesman Brennan Matherne said.

Twenty minutes after the first shot, in Raceland, Ochsner St. Anne General Hospital administrator Bourgeois was shot and killed at close range at his home. His wife Ann, survived the shot to her leg and was taken the New Orleans hospital, where she is listed in stable condition.

Freeman's wife, Denise was later found dead in the couple’s home in Terrebonne Parish. Her cause of death was unknown. Authorities found the suspect dead in his vehicle from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was located along U.S. Highway 90 near Bayou Blue.

Freeman, a registered nurse, had been employed at three area hospitals prior to being fired in 2011. He was involved in what appeared to be a bitter divorce and custody battle with his ex-wife Jeanne, who had filed multiple protective orders against him. The last order expired less than a month ago, according to the Lafourche Parish Sheriff.

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