LAPLACE, La. (BRPROUD) – A Baton Rouge man was arrested by St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies in connection to the accidental shooting of a 14-year-old girl.
The suspect was identified by authorities as 20-year-old Da’Juan Waxter of Baton Rouge.
Late morning on July 13, authorities responded to a shooting at the 500 block of Fife Lane in LaPlace. A 14-year-old girl was found lying on the floor with a gunshot wound in her back, the sheriff’s office reported.
Authorities determined that the shooting was accidental since the investigation revealed that the gun was discharged by mistake and the bullet traveled through a wall before striking the victim in the living room.
The victim was transported to a New Orleans hospital for her injuries.
After the accidental shooting, Waxter had left the scene and threw the weapon into a trash can, authorities said. Deputies were able to find Waxter in the area.
Authorities said that the firearm was reported stolen from Gonzales.
Waxter faces charges on one count each of negligent injuring, illegal possession of a stolen firearm, obstruction of justice and illegal use of weapons or dangerous instrumentalities. His bond is set at $46,500.