GONZALES-A second suspect has been arrested in connection with a convenience store shootout on La. 30 early Saturday that led to the slaying of Carlos Austen, 21, of Gonzales, police said Wednesday.
Christopher George, 25, 1208 W. Penn Ave., Gonzales, surrendered about 6 p.m. Tuesday and was booked into Ascension Parish Prison on counts of aggravated battery, attempted second-degree murder and illegal carrying of a weapon, police said.
Police Chief Sherman Jackson said early Wednesday that George was awaiting bail.
Police had previously arrested the alleged target of George’s gunfire, Darren Paige, 21, 921 W. Macci St., Gonzales.
Paige was not harmed but is the man who police said fatally shot Austen while firing back at George in front of the Cracker Barrel convenience store at 2031 W. La. 30, Gonzales, police have said.
Chief Jackson said the slaying is the first in the city of Gonzales since 2008.
A woman was also grazed in the leg with a bullet during the shootout, police have said.
Paige has been booked on one count of second-degree murder and is being held in jail with bail set at $600,000, police have said.
The gunplay between George and Paige started from words exchanged over ?something simple? in the parking lot as George, Austen and Paige drove up to the store, police said.
Austen and George had arrived at the store together and Austen tried to break up the argument between George and Paige, police have said.
But that dispute escalated after George left the store and hit Paige in mouth with a pistol while Paige was in his car in the parking lot, police said.
George left that gun in the car and ran away behind another car, firing at Paige with another semi-automatic pistol, police have said.
Paige returned fire with the gun that George lost in the car, Chief Jackson said, hitting Austen in a hip. Austen later died at a hospital.