Lake Pontchartrain Causeway shooter identified; motive unknown

The Lake Pontchartrain Causeway motorist who crashed on the southbound bridge and shot himself Thursday morning (Oct. 27) has been identified as Rothschild Woods, 29, of Baton Rouge. Authorities say he inexplicably fired several gunshots inside his vehicle, wounding himself.

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Wild day on Causeway: Northbound crash followed southbound shooting

Less than two hours after the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway’s southbound bridge reopened from a shooting incident Thursday (Oct. 27), a rear-end crash choked traffic on the northbound side. A van broke down at the 6.3 mile marker and was hit from behind by another vehicle, badly damaging both of them, a bridge official said.

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Causeway’s southbound span closed after motorist shoots himself, official says

The southbound span of the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway was closed indefinitely Thursday morning (Oct. 27) while St. Tammany deputies investigate a motorist’s apparent effort to commit suicide on the bridge. The motorist shot himself in his SUV and was taken to a hospital on the south shore, bridge General Manager Carlton Dufrechou said.

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