Detectives with the St. John Parish Office are investigating a shooting that resulted in the death of Yasmine Halum Haitham, 19, of LaPlace.

On Sunday, October 9, 2022, about 3 p.m., deputies responded to a complaint in the 1400 block of Van Arpel Drive in LaPlace in reference to gunshots heard in the area. Upon arrival, officers located a female subject, identified as Haitham, laying unresponsive on the driveway of a residence. She had sustained a gunshot wound to the chest. Haitham was transported to a local hospital where she was later pronounced deceased. No motive is known at this time.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call the St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office TIPS line at 985-359-TIPS, Det. Katie Evans of the Criminal Investigations Division at 504-494-4051, Det. Byron Smith at 504-494-3696, or Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111. Citizens can also submit tips on the Sheriff’s Office website at