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Fist fight leads to shooting, suspect arrested on four counts of attempted murder

5 years 7 months 2 weeks ago Sunday, August 06 2017 Aug 6, 2017 August 06, 2017 10:54 AM August 06, 2017 in News
Source: WBRZ

BATON ROUGE - A Baton Rouge man was arrested in connection with a shooting that took place in April, where he allegedly shot one victim and attempted to shoot three others following a fist fight.

According to arrest records, the shooting happened on Monday, April 10, just after 12 p.m. in the 5300 block of Paige Street.

Upon arrival, officers with the Baton Rouge Police Department located a crime scene consisting of a vehicle, cartridge casings, blood and multiple witnesses and victims at the scene.

One victim was shot several times and drove himself from the scene to a walk-in clinic on Airline Hwy, according to arrest records. He was then transported by EMS to a local hospital.

Three other victims were not hit by the gunfire that was directed at them by the suspect, Joshua Huggins, 24, of Baton Rouge.

Detectives learned that a fist fight had occurred between only Huggins and the first victim. The fight started over an alleged incident involving Huggins inappropriately touching the victim's sister, who was one of the other three victims, the previous day, according to arrest records.

The fight had been broken up and Huggins left the scene but then returned to the scene armed with a handgun.

Huggins walked up to the first victim and shot him multiple times, according to arrest records. The victim sustained thru and thru gunshot wounds to his arm and torso.

Huggins then began to shoot at the first victim's relatives - the three other victims previously mentioned. Huggins reportedly ran toward the three while discharging the handgun, according to arrest records. He stopped firing to reload and fired it some more, but none of the three were hit by the gunfire. Only one of the victims' vehicles was struck by the gunfire.

Huggins was brought in for questioning by BRPD, and he admitted to possessing the handgun and firing at the victims. He also stated he knew he couldn't posses a handgun due to a previous conviction for attempted possession and distribution of marijuana.

Huggins told police he bought the gun off the street about a year ago, and intentionally threw the gun into the Mississippi River after the shooting, according to arrest records. He said no one else at the scene that day had a gun, and he just wanted the victims to leave him alone which is why he shot at them.

All four victims and a witness confirmed the information gathered by authorities. As a result, Huggins was arrested and booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on four counts of attempted first-degree murder, one count of felon in possession of a firearm, one count of illegal use of a weapon and one count of obstruction of justice. His bond was set at $491,000.

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