Second man arrested in Gonzales murder

Charlotte Guedry

On Saturday morning, June 4, Gonzales police officers were called to the Cracker Barrel gas station on Hwy. 30.

A fight had broken out, and officers were responding to gunfire that had been called in.

When offricers arrived, they found the site had been vacated, however, two calls soon came in that assisted detectives with the investigation.

While officers were investigating the scene, they received a call from St. Elizabeth's Hospital, saying that a young man, Carlos Austin, 21, of 1208 W. Penn St., Gonzales, had come in with a gunshot wound. Within 20 minutes, Austin was pronounced dead. A bullet had entered his hip, hitting a main artery.

Around the same time, another call was received from Darren Paige, 21, of 921 W. Macci St., in Gonzales. According to Jackson, Paige stated that he had been involved in the shooting, and was at his apartment where he had put the gun in a drawer in his room.

Officers were dispatched to both the hospital, and to the apartment of Paige.

When officers arrived at Paige's residence, they found that he had sustained a wound to the mouth during a fight, and he was sent for medical attention.

Upon Paige's release, he was questioned by officers, who based on their findings, booked him on a count of the 2nd degree murder of Austin.

At that time, officers were also looking for Christopher George, 25, of 1208 W. Penn St., Gonzales, as they wanted to speak to him about questions arising from the investigation. A warrant was issued for George, and at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon, Austin turned himself into officers at the Gonzales Police Department.

George has now been arrested on charges of aggravated battery, attempted 2nd degree murder, and illegal carrying of a weapon. He has been booked into Ascension Parish Prison, and no bond has been set.

Chief of Gonzales Police Sherman Jackson stated, "I want to thank all parties involved in this investigation. It is a comfort to see the loose ends tied up fairly quickly. This should send a clear message to the young adults of Ascension Parish that violent acts, when committed, will catch up with them."