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CPSO arrests man for 2 counts of attempted 2nd degree murder

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Posted at 10:46 AM, Jul 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-23 11:46:53-04

LAKE CHARLES, La. - A 20-year-old Vinton man is accused of attempted murder following an early Sunday morning shooting.

On July 21 at 2:30 a.m., the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office (CPSO) deputies were dispatched to a home on Toomey Road in Vinton in reference to an altercation during a party, according to Kim Myers, spokesperson for CPSO.

When deputies arrived, they spoke with witnesses at the home who stated Jason R. Goodwin, Jr. pulled out a handgun during the party and began pointing it at people. Witnesses stated a physical altercation ensued between Goodwin and another person when the weapon was discharged, striking a 13-year-old girl. Goodwin then allegedly fired the weapon again and struck a man. Witnesses stated people began fleeing the home. Goodwin chased someone outside and continued to fire the weapon several times and then fled the scene on foot, Myers stated.

The victims sustained non-life-threatening injuries and were taken to local hospitals.

Deputies located Goodwin in a nearby RV park and after a brief foot pursuit he was arrested. Deputies also located the gun in a ditch nearby the home where the shootings took place.

Goodwin was booked into the Calcasieu Parish Jail on two charges of attempted second degree murder and illegal use of a weapon during a crime of violence.

Judge Michael Canaday set his bond at $550,000.

CPSO Detective Casey Lafargue is the lead investigator on this case.