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Police arrest two suspects in connection to Southern Ave. shooting

4 years 2 months 3 weeks ago Sunday, March 22 2020 Mar 22, 2020 March 22, 2020 9:20 PM March 22, 2020 in News
Source: WBRZ Staff

BATON ROUGE - Police arrested two suspects in connection with a shooting on Southern Avenue that occurred Saturday afternoon.

Officers with the Baton Rouge Police Department were dispatched to Rosenwald Grocery, which is on the corner of Rosenwald Rd. and Southern Ave, around 2 p.m. 

Upon their arrival, the officers reviewed video surveillance of the shooting. Police saw Jarvez Matthews, 21, and the unknown victim get into an argument at the store's counter. When the victim took out his gun, the argument escalated into a physical altercation, which the store clerk broke up. Police say the store clerk eventually escorted the victim off of the premises. 

Meanwhile, Matthews approached 20-year-old Kerry Ruffin, who'd been inside of the store when the altercation broke out, and Ruffin allegedly gave Matthews a handgun.

Police say at this point Matthews exited the store with the gun and used it to fire multiple shots at the victim.

Police say Matthew briefly chased after the wounded victim before leaving the scene with Ruffin. 

According to arrest documents, Matthews admitted to shooting at the victim, and explaining that it all started because of a previous fight they'd gotten into prior to seeing each other at the store on Saturday.   

The victim was transported to the hospital where he sustained non-life threatening injuries.  

Matthews and Ruffin are being held at East Baton Rouge Parish Prison. Both have been charged with attempted second-degree murder and illegal use of weapon. No bond has been set.

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