Three Slidell area juveniles have been arrested and placed in the Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center after they shot and injured a man outside his place of employment yesterday.
The Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call just after noon yesterday from an employee of Friction Stir Link, a business off Camp Villere Rd. in the Slidell area. The caller reported that another employee had been struck in the head and had collapsed. At the time, it was believed to be a work-place injury.
When medical and fire personnel arrived and examined the man, they called 911 again and reported an apparent gunshot wound to the man’s upper back.
Deputies were dispatched to the scene and immediately began canvassing the area. A witness reported to one of the deputies that he saw three juveniles carrying two rifles enter a trail into a wooded area near his home. The three juveniles were located at a residence near the other end of the trail.
Investigators interviewed the three boys, aged 12, 13 and 15, in the presence of their parents. All three admitted to firing a .22 caliber rifle in the direction of the business. Last night, the three boys were transported to the Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center and each booked with one count of L.R.S. 14:39 – Negligent Injuring and one count of L.R.S. 14:94 – Illegal Use of Weapons.
The victim has been stabilized and remains at a southshore hospital. His injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.