GONZALES — Two men were arrested Monday on counts of attempted first-degree murder in the Easter morning home invasion in which the homeowner was shot and injured.
One of the men, Patrick Austin, 22, of 41128 Witek Road, Gonzales, knew the homeowner and lived only a “stone’s throw away” from the house on Chick Duplessis Road in Gonzales, where the shooting occurred in the early morning hours Sunday, said Lt. Col. Bobby Webre, of the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office.
There may have been some type of verbal exchanges in the past between Austin and the victim that could have played a part in the crime, Webre said Tuesday, adding that the investigation is ongoing.
Austin and Edward Scott III kicked in the front door of the home on Chick Duplessis Road — where the homeowner, his wife, three children and two other family members were sleeping — just before 2:30 a.m. Sunday, Webre said.
When the homeowner came out into the hallway to investigate, Scott shot him, a Sheriff’s Office report says. The homeowner was brought to a hospital, where he remained Tuesday in guarded condition.
Austin and Scott, 23, 8313 Mark Pierce Road, Gonzales, each were booked Tuesday into Ascension Parish Jail on counts of attempted first-degree murder and home invasion, Webre said.
Scott also was booked on a count of illegal use of a weapon.
No bail has been set yet for either Austin or Scott, according to the Sheriff’s Office.