Shots fired at beauty shop on Cornerview

Halen Doughty
Crime scene tape was put up around La Rou's Beauty Bar

Gonzales police and firefighters responded to a call of shots fired at La Rou's Beauty Bar at the corner of Cornerview Rd. and Marchand Ave. in Gonzales shortly after 2 p.m. Tuesday. One victim with multiple gunshot wounds was transported to Our Lady of the Lake Hospital in Baton Rouge.

Witnesses say the victim walked inside the beauty salon asking for a barber. After a short time, he reportedly walked back outside where he got into a verbal altercation with two unidentified black males. The situation escalated, and shots were fired. Gonzales Police Chief Sherman Jackson said everything transpired outside of the shop. 

"The incident occurred outside," said Jackson. "After he was shot, he ran inside, and that's where the workers inside tried to stop the bleeding and do everything they could do until police and fire got here."

Jackson said the two suspects, who are both between 5'8" and 5'10", then fled the scene in a small vehicle. The make and model of the vehicle has not yet been released. He said the investigation is ongoing, but he does not believe the public is in any immediate danger.

"We don't believe that there is any danger," said Jackson. "We think this was an isolated incident and probably a argument amongst that group of people, and unfortunately somebody overheated and pulled a gun."

The identity of the victim has not been released pending family notification. Jackson said the victim appeared to know the two suspects, including the alleged shooter. He said the victim was transported to Baton Rouge, where he remains in critical condition at this time. A motive in the shooting has not been identified.

Jackson said the evidence shows between five and ten shots were fired by one shooter outside of the shop. A white Range Rover parked at Waguespack Homes next door was hit by a round, leaving a bullet hole in the rear driver-side door.

"The incident is still under investigation," said Jackson. "If anybody has any type of information they could give to us, please feel free to call us." 

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