A second suspect wanted in the Oct. 11 shooting on Main Highway in St. Martinville has been arrested in Venice Beach, California, the St. Martin Parish Sheriff's Office said Thursday.
Andrew Smith, 19, of St. Martinville, had been sought following the shooting in which a man, also 19 and from St. Martinville, was discovered in his car with critical injuries from a gunshot wound, Maj. Jenny Higgins said.
Once he is extradited, Smith will be booked into St. Martin Parish Correctional Center on two counts of attempted first-degree murder, Higgins said in a news release.
Another suspect in the shooting, Hunter Chauvin, 18, of Breaux Bridge, was arrested on Oct. 16 and booked into the parish correctional center on the same two counts as Smith, Higgins said.
The Sheriff's Office reported after the shooting that a man had been seen leaving the victim’s car and fleeing in a brown Chevrolet truck.
The suspected assailant then traveled about 7 miles to an area near a Popeye’s restaurant in the 2300 block of North Main Street, left the Chevy truck and got into a blue car, believed to be a Mazda or Kia, Higgins said at the time, then headed toward St. Martinville.
Higgins said Sheriff’s Office investigators enlisted the help of the U.S. Marshals Western Louisiana Violent Offender Task Force-Lafayette Division in locating Smith, who fled the area following the shooting.
He was apprehended Friday afternoon in Venice Beach by the California Division of the U.S. Marshals Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Task Force-Central California, Higgins said.