GONZALES - Police officers arrested one man and searched for another involved with him in a convenience store dispute early Saturday that led to the fatal shooting of a third man, Police Chief Sherman Jackson said.
Darren Paige, 21, 921 W. Macci St., Gonzales, was booked into Ascension Parish Prison on one count of second-degree murder in the shooting death of Carlos Austen, 21, of Gonzales, Jackson said Tuesday.
An arrest warrant has been issued for Christopher George, 25, 1208 W. Penn St., Gonzales, who is wanted on one count of aggravated battery, he said.
Jackson said video surveillance footage shows the incident started as “something simple” in the parking of the convenience store, 2031 W. La. 30, Gonzales.
The video shows Austen and George arriving together in one car and Paige pulling up alone in a separate vehicle.
“Words were passed” as the three men entered the store, Jackson said.
Austen eventually separated George and Paige and the men went their separate ways in the store, Jackson said.
Paige made a purchase and returned to his car, Jackson said.
George then approached Paige’s vehicle and struck him in the face.
Moments later, Jackson said, Austen came out of the store and shots were fired.
“We know at least two people were shot, but the investigation is still under way,” the chief said.
Austen, struck in the hip by gunfire, was taken to a hospital by a woman who also was grazed by a bullet in the shooting, Jackson said.
Austen was pronounced dead at the hospital about 20 minutes after he arrived, Jackson said.
Officials were uncertain whether the woman arrived at the convenience store with George and Austen, or was a bystander.