Man arrested in fatal Gardere shooting; witnesses report two men argued before shooting _lowres



UPDATE, 10 a.m. Sunday: A man was arrested Sunday morning in the shooting death of 33-year-old Charles Barney.

Ronald Joseph Jr., 29, is charged with second-degree murder and illegal use of a weapon, according to the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office.

According to witness accounts, Barney and Joseph got into a verbal argument after Barney confronted Joseph about selling narcotics in front of his apartment complex, EBRSO spokeswoman Casey Rayborn Hicks said. The argument escalated and Joseph allegedly fired shots at Barney, striking him once.

Detectives obtained a warrant for Joseph and located him at an address on Starboard Avenue Sunday morning. He was booked into parish prison.

Original story:

East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s deputies on Saturday identified a man found shot to death Friday night in the Gardere area as 33-year-old Charley Barney.

Deputies responding to a report of shots fired found the victim suffering from gunshot wounds in the parking lot of an apartment complex in the 1700 block of Starboard Avenue at 6:30 p.m., spokeswoman Casey Rayborn Hicks said in a news release Saturday.

Barney, 8283 Keel Avenue, was pronounced dead at the scene a short time later, Hicks said.

Witnesses told deputies Barney got into an argument with another man shortly before the shooting, Hicks said. Witness told investigators the men armed themselves during the course of the argument, and Barney was then shot.

Hicks said the investigation continues.

The Sheriff’s Office asks anyone with information on the incident to contact the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office at 225-389-5000. Crime Stoppers, at (225) 344-7867, is offering a cash reward, the release says.