YOUNGSVILLE — A New Iberia teen was shot dead and another injured before midnight Sunday after the pair reportedly robbed a Youngsville firearms facility and tried to run over the business owner with a stolen pickup truck, authorities said.
Latorious Walker, 19, was found dead from several gunshot wounds in the truck near the 400 block of Linden Lewis Road, about a mile from the burglarized business in the 200 block of Austin Road, Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office spokesman Capt. Craig Stansbury said.
Deputies found Walker’s 17-year-old passenger, Lamar Brooks, lying near the vehicle with one gunshot wound, Stansbury said. Brooks is in stable condition at an area hospital.
Inside the truck, deputies found guns and a rifle burglarized that night from the business, Stansbury said. The truck was reported stolen over the weekend by the Lafayette Police Department.
The Sheriff’s Office has not identified the business or the business owner, but remnants of the scene lingered Monday morning at The Post Exchange, a firearms sales and training facility in the 200 block of Austin Road that also sells ammunition and military gear, according to its website.
Black powder used to capture fingerprints soiled the white door to the small shed, and multiple sets of tire tracks dug into the mud outside the building after the weekend rains.
American and U.S. Marine Corps flags hung side by side near the doorway.
The business owner — who is listed in secretary of state filings as George Fournet, 45, of Youngsville — was treated and released from an area hospital after he was hit by the truck outside the business, Stansbury said.
Fournet told detectives he heard an alarm at his business go off about 8:40 p.m. and found that several weapons had been stolen, Stansbury said. The alarm rang again more than three hours later, and — armed with a handgun — Fournet walked back to the facility.
At 11:57 p.m., sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of shots fired.
Fournet told deputies he confronted the burglars, who drove toward him in the stolen truck and raised a gun, Stansbury said.
“The business owner, who was also armed with a handgun, fired several shots in defense; the suspects then sped away in the vehicle,” Stansbury said.
A woman outside Fournet’s home, which is next door to The Post Exchange, declined comment Monday morning. Fournet did not return a message left on his business line Monday afternoon.
The investigation is ongoing, Stansbury said. It’s unclear at this point whether any party has hired an attorney.
In the early 1990s, Fournet achieved the rank of lance corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps, according to public records. He also was an Iberia Parish sheriff’s deputy from July 2012 to May 2013, spokesman Maj. Ryan Turner confirmed.
Efforts to identify the families of both Walker and Brooks were unsuccessful Monday.
Follow Lanie Lee Cook on Twitter, @lanieleecook, or contact her by phone at (337) 534-0825.