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Joshua Simpson

A teenager was injured in a shooting and the suspected shooter was arrested almost immediately following reports of gunshots Monday morning in Old South Baton Rouge.

Detectives responded to the scene in the 1900 block of Kansas Street around 8:30 a.m. and made an unusually quick arrest. Joshua Lee Simpson, 34, was later booked into jail on attempted second-degree murder, illegal use of a weapon and felon in possession, Baton Rouge police spokesman Sgt. Don Coppola Jr. said.

Simpson and the victim had begun arguing, then fighting over, a cell phone before Simpson shot the teen, arrest records say.

The victim was transported to the hospital and is expected to survive his injuries, Coppola said.

The shooting occurred near a house on Kansas Street, which is south of East Washington Street between Highland Road and Interstate 10.

The victim was the first of two teenagers shot in separate incidents in East Baton Rouge Parish during a span of several hours on Monday.

The second shooting occurred on Ottawa Drive, which is outside city limits in a neighborhood north of Florida Boulevard and just west of the Comite River near Denham Springs. A 17-year-old male was shot after an altercation with three other people around 2:45 p.m. 

The East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office is investigating that incident, searching the area for suspects.