Reserve man booked in shooting at McDonald’s near Southern University _lowres

Damian Schnyder

One of the men suspected in a shooting at the McDonald’s restaurant on Harding Boulevard early Friday that resulted in four injuries was booked into Parish Prison on Sunday following his release from the hospital.

Police booked Damian Schnyder, 23, 296 E. 24th St., Reserve, on three counts of attempted first-degree murder and one count of illegal use of a weapon, according to the affidavit of probable cause.

Police responded to a call of a shooting at the restaurant, 1544 Harding, at 12:07 a.m. Friday and found three men shot and wounded inside the lobby, the affidavit says. The three were transported to Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center with bullet wounds to the face, left leg and back.

Investigators reviewing footage from a surveillance camera saw a man later identified as Schnyder enter the restaurant as customers “began running inside the McDonald’s as if they were running in fear from someone,” the affidavit says.

Investigators then saw what appeared to be a gun battle erupt inside between Schnyder who walked in and an armed member of the group Schnyder was yelling at.

Several witnesses reported seeing Schnyder pull up in a black SUV and begin yelling, before pulling a handgun and starting shooting, the affidavit says. Witnesses also said Schnyder left in the SUV after being shot in the buttocks.

Several spent shell casings were found outside the restaurant, supporting the accounts provided by witnesses, the affidavit says.

Detectives learned Schnyder was taken to Baton Rouge General Medical Center-Mid City for a gunshot wound and found him there, the affidavit says.

Schnyder told investigators a girl called him and said a man at the restaurant spit in her face, so he went to McDonalds, but was not armed, the affidavit says. He said he walked up to the door as someone inside began shooting at him.

“When detectives questioned him regarding why everyone was running from him, he stated they must have thought he had a gun,” the affidavit says.