Two arrested for attempted murder

Two men are in custody at the Lincoln Parish Detention Center in connection with a drive-by shooting that occurred on Garden Street.

Jaylon C. Reynolds, 18, of Grambling, and Ethan M. Johnson, 21, of Ruston, were arrested Saturday after a second shooting at the EZ Mart at 1500 S. Vienna Street in Ruston.

In the Garden Street shooting, two adults were standing outside, and two children were inside the residence when a suspect in a vehicle fired several shots and left the scene.

About 3:00 p.m. Saturday, Ruston officers responded to the EZ Mart in response to a report of another drive-by shooting. The suspect vehicle was described as a red Mitsubishi.

An officer spotted a vehicle matching the description nearby on West Charlotte Avenue. The car was stopped, and four occupants were taken into custody. An AR-15 style .22 rifle and several spent cartridge casings similar to casings found at the Garden Street shooting were found in the car.

The occupants were taken to the Ruston Police Department for questioning. Two witnesses identified Johnson as the driver of the vehicle at the Garden Street shooting. Reynolds was identified as the shooter.

Reynolds and Johnson were booked for four counts of attempted second degree murder in connection with the Garden Street incident. Bail was set at $800,000 for each man.

Another man, Morrick D. Kimble, Jr., 18, of Monroe, was arrested for aggravated assault with a firearm. A victim from Garden Street said she passed by the West Charlotte Avenue residence where Kimble flashed a handgun he was concealing in his waistband. The victim said she drove back through West Charlotte and Kimble told her he would “hit up her car” but did not because police were nearby.

The West Charlotte residence where the incident allegedly occurred is the same location where officers first saw the red Mitsubishi.

Kimble’s bail was set at $50,000.

The Garden Street location is about one block from the Edgewood Square Apartments on McDonald Avenue where Willie Winzer was shot and killed last Monday afternoon.

Willie Winzer, 19, of Ruston, is believed to have been killed during a confrontation with an unknown suspect. No arrests have been made in the case.

This information has been provided by a law enforcement agency as public information. Persons named or shown in photographs or video as suspects in a criminal investigation, or arrested and charged with a crime, have not been convicted of any criminal offense and are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 

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