Sulphur man accused of shooting victim in robbery attempt

(Source: MGN Online)
(Source: MGN Online)

SULPHUR, LA (KPLC) - A Sulphur man is accused of shooting and wounding a victim multiple times in a robbery attempt, according to a news release from the Sulphur Police Department.

Ronald Gene Etienne Jr., 30, is charged with attempted armed robbery, attempted armed robbery with a firearm, two counts of attempted second-degree murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He was arrested Friday following an investigation.

Sulphur Police Chief Lewis Coats reports that at approximately 11:42 p.m. Thursday, officers were dispatched to West Cal-Cam Hospital in reference to a male subject with multiple gunshot wounds.

Coats said upon arrival, officers were told that the victim went to an apartment complex on Cities Service Highway to meet a female. Coats said the man was reportedly approached by an individual who told him to "give him everything."

The man said the individual, later identified by authorities as Etienne, then shot him.

"A witness of the shooting transported the victim to the hospital and gave officers information of the suspect involved in the shooting. The victim identified the black male who shot him as Ronald Etienne," Coats said.

Coats said the victim was treated at West Cal-Cam Hospital and later transferred to the Rapides Medical Center in Alexandria where he is listed in stable condition.

Etienne was booked into the Sulphur City Jail and the investigation continues.

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