Zachary: Three arrested in shooting of 16-year-old

ZACHARY, La: Two 17-yr-olds and an 18-year-old were arrested after a 16-year-old was shot on Avenue C in Zachary on Dec. 1.

Zachary police say one juvenile was arrested and charged with principle to attempted second-degree murder. One of the juveniles was charged with attempted second-degree murder, illegal carrying of a weapon, and illegal use of a weapon.

Police say 18-year-old Jalen Edwards is wanted on principle to attempted second-degree murder.

Edwards was arrested on Dec. 5.

Jalen Edwards, 18, was arrested on Dec. 5.

Ken’Jaylen Nixon, 16, is recovering in a hospital after he was shot. His grandparents tell Unfiltered with Kiran that Nixon got into an argument with one of the suspects before he was shot in the stomach and transported to the hospital. Nixon is expected to recover from his injuries.

“It’s like they were bullying him,” Nixon’s grandfather, Eric Smith said. “They were minors but that minor picked up a gun and shot another kid.”


Nixon’s grandparents were outraged that all three suspects were not apprehended immediately, but Zachary Police explained because it involved juveniles, they had to follow the law and needed time to do their jobs.

“The officers haven’t called or told us anything until we started pushing on social media,” Nixon’s grandfather, Eric Smith said. “Ken’Jaylen Nixon is a 4.0 student. He doesn’t bother anyone. He’s not well known. He’s just a normal kid. Me and his grandmother stay on top of what he’s doing.”

Smith said his grandson got in a fight on campus at Zachary High last Monday, November 28. He missed the next two days of school before Thursday’s shooting.

Anyone with further information or Edwards’ whereabouts is asked to call Zachary Police.

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