ZACHARY, La. (BRPROUD) – Authorities in Zachary say a verbal argument among at least four youths led to a fight that escalated into gun violence, which left one individual wounded.
Three of the youths linked to the shooting have been arrested.
According to the Zachary Police Department (ZPD), the incident occurred Thursday, Dec. 1 when at least three young people began arguing and arranged to meet and fight each other at East Central and Avenue C.
Upon meeting, police say three of the youths fought while an 18-year-old accomplice was nearby. Authorities add that during the fight, one of the suspects was handed a gun, which they used to shoot their opponent.
According to police, upon firing the weapon and hitting the victim, the young gunman and his companion fled along with their 18-year-old accomplice. The victim is expected to survive their injuries, police said.
Police said the two unnamed juveniles (both youths are unnamed as they are under the age of 18) who fled were arrested on Monday, Dec. 5.
One was jailed on charges of attempted second-degree murder, illegal use of a weapon or dangerous instrumentalities, and illegal carrying of a weapon. The second juvenile was arrested for principle to attempted second-degree murder.
A third suspect who was on the run, the pair’s 18-year-old accomplice identified as Jalen Edwards, was arrested on a charge of principle to attempted second-degree murder. Edwards turned himself in to authorities on Tuesday before 9 a.m.
Police ask that anyone with information contact ZPD at (225) 654-1922.