Authorities seek suspect wanted for attempted murder

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Joshua Stephens, 19, is wanted for two counts attempted second-degree murder, aggravated assault with a firearm, illegal use of weapons or dangerous instruments, firearm on premises of alcohol beverage outlet, and disturbing the peace.

Ascension Parish Sheriff Jeff Wiley reported that deputies were called to Club Real located at 38506 Scott's Lane in Prairieville around 11:30 p.m. on Sunday night, April 14. Once deputies arrived they found a female victim with a single gunshot wound to her right foot.

Deputies later learned that an argument occurred between a black male and Joshua Stephens in the parking lot of the bar. Stephens pulled a gun and began shooting at the black male which struck the female victim in her foot. She was transported by Acadian Ambulance to Our Lady of the Lake Hospital where her injuries are not life threatening.

The male subject suffered minor injuries that did not require medical attention and told deputies he had trouble with Stephens in the past.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is urged to contact the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office at 225-621-INFO (4636) or by texting 847411 to our anonymous tip line from any cellular device or by calling Crime Stoppers at 225-344-STOP (7867).