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(RACELAND, La.) — Four people are dead and three others are injured after a man went on a shooting spree in Louisiana Thursday night.

Ben Edward Freeman, 38, is accused of killing his former mother-in-law, his current wife and a hospital administrator, before killing himself.

According to a statement from the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office, the first shooting was reported around 6:40 p.m. Thursday at the home of Lafourche Parish Councilman Louis Phillip Gouaux.  Gouaux told police that he, his wife and his daughter had been shot.

Gouaux’s wife, Susan, died as a result, while he and his daughter, Andrea, were critically injured.  They are in stable condition at University Hospital in New Orleans.

Freeman was formerly married to Gouaux’s other daughter, Jeanne.

The next shooting took place about 20 minutes later at the home of Milton Bourgeois, the administrator at Ochsner St. Anne Hospital in Raceland.  Bourgeois was fatally shot while his wife, Ann, was wounded.  She was also taken to University Hospital and is in stable condition.

Freeman had been formerly employed at Ochsner St. Anne Hospital.

Later that night, authorities found Freeman’s current wife, Denise Taylor Freeman, dead in their home.  It is not clear how she died.

The spree came to an end around 10:45 p.m., when authorities discovered Ben Freeman dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head inside a vehicle along a highway in Raceland.

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