Police arrest man for shooting teen

By Bonnie Culverhouse

A 14-year-old was taken to Minden Medical Center emergency room with a gunshot wound following an altercation with a 22-year-old man Monday.

Sean Simmons Jr. is being held on a $110,000 bond after shooting the juvenile in the leg. He is charged with aggravated second degree battery, illegal use of a weapon during a crime of violence and as a fugitive from Webster Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Minden Police Chief Steve Cropper said the juvenile was treated for a non-life threatening injury and released, then referred to Ochsner LSU Health Center Tuesday.

“The hospital called our department around 6 p.m. in reference to the gunshot victim, and a short time later, we received a call in reference to shots fired on Stone Street,” Cropper said.

Officers at the scene recovered six spent .40 caliber shell casings, he added.

“Detectives were allowed to interview the 14 year old victim,” said the chief. “He indicated that he and another juvenile were in a verbal altercation with a man he described to officers as having a beard, long dreads and red and white shoes.”

Detectives were reportedly told the suspect, later identified as Simmons, left the scene, returned and began shooting at the two juveniles.

“Officers discovered Simmons had outstanding arrest warrants from the sheriff’s office,” the chief said. “They traveled to the 800 block of Clay Street where they located and arrested Simmons on the warrants.”

According to Cropper, during his interview, Simmons said he was confronted by a large group of males, some “brandishing weapons and striking him with their fists.”

“Simmons said after he was able to get away from the large group, he went to Jackson Street, armed himself and returned to the location,” Cropper said. “Then, he said he observed the juveniles that had attacked him on the trail between Stone and Evans streets.”

Reports state Simmons said the group once again “pulled out guns, so he started shooting at them. He stated that he shot five or six rounds, then went and got something to eat.”

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