PRAIRIEVILLE, La. (BRPROUD) – The Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call about a reported shooting around 9:40 p.m. on Wednesday night.

Upon arrival, deputies were able to confirm that a shooting involving two people took place outside of a business.

That business is located on Airline Hwy.

“A preliminary investigation revealed that an employee, identified as James Sims of Baton Rouge, and an acquaintance, identified as Justin Boudreaux, 29, of Raceland, got into a verbal altercation, which led to the subjects exchanging gunfire outside of the restaurant,” according to the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office.

The Raceland man sustained non-life threatening injuries and was arrested after his release from a local hospital.

Image courtesy of Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office (Justin Boudreaux)

Boudreaux is currently behind bars in the Ascension Parish Jail.

APSO says the 29-year-old is charged with attempted second-degree murder, illegal use of weapons, aggravated assault with a firearm, possession of a firearm by convicted felon, and disturbing the peace.

Deputies are actively searching for James Sims.

Image courtesy of Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office (James Sims)

The Baton Rouge man is facing these charges below:

  • Attempted Second-Degree Murder
  • Illegal Use of a Weapon
  • Disturbing the Peace
  • Seven counts of aggravated assault with a firearm

If you know where James Sims is located or have information that could help detectives in this case, please call the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office anonymously at 225-621-4636 or by texting 847411 to our anonymous tip line from any cellular device or Crime Stoppers at 225-344-STOP (7867).