Man fighting for life after being shot during Tuesday robbery

A 49-year-old man is fighting for his life after being shot during an armed robbery Tuesday night while the 16-year-old boy accused of shooting him also is in a hospital after police found him unconscious in the middle of a street a few blocks from the robbery.

Baton Rouge police spokesman Cpl. L’Jean McKneely said the victim sustained life-threatening injuries after being shot once in the upper torso in the 2300 block of Pawnee Street shortly after 9 p.m.

A woman, 34, who was with the man during the robbery and shooting is uninjured, McKneely said.

The teen and an unknown accomplice, possibly another teen, likely targeted the couple after seeing them inside a nearby store, McKneely said.

The couple was walking down Pawnee when the two robbers walked up, one armed with a handgun, and demanded money, McKneely said.

The man handed over the money, but was still shot.

The woman gave police a description of the two robbers as emergency medical crews worked to keep the gunshot victim alive, McKneely said.

Sometime after the victim was taken to a hospital, police responded to reports of an unresponsive teen lying in the middle of North 26th Street, McKneely said. Police recognized him from the description given by the woman.

In his possession, he had the gun police believe was used in the robbery, but he did not have any of the stolen cash, McKneely said.

Investigators suspect the teen was under the influence of some type of narcotic that caused him to pass out in the street, McKneely said.

Once the teen is released from the hospital, police plan to arrest him on two counts of armed robbery and one count each of attempted first-degree murder, illegal use of a weapon and juvenile in possession of a firearm, McKneely said.

He will be booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Juvenile Detention Center, he added.