Police arrest man in hotel party shooting

Gonzales Police arrested a man early Sunday in the shooting of another man Saturday during a children’s birthday party at the Hampton Inn off La. 30 near Interstate 10.

Alden Ray Warner, 33, of Baton Rouge, was booked into the Ascension Parish Jail on one count of manslaughter, Gonzales Police Chief Sherman Jackson said.

Warner is accused of killing Louis Talbert, 49, of Spring, Texas, Jackson said.

Ebony Bailey, 22, was hosting a birthday party for her daughter, 7, in one of the hotel’s rooms with children from 3 to 8 years old attending, police spokesman Sgt. Steven Nethken said.

Bailey had been in relationships with Warner and Talbert, who were both present at the party, Nethken said.

Bailey was dating Talbert and had at least one child with him, Nethken said. She used to date Warner and had three children with him, including the 7-year-old daughter, he said.

The two men began arguing, and Warner pulled out a gun and shot Talbert, Jackson said.

When officers arrived at the hotel at about 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Talbert was in critical condition but later died at the scene, Jackson said.

Warner was taken into custody for questioning and later arrested, Jackson said.

No one else was injured, Jackson said.

In a separate incident, Bailey broke into Talbert’s car Sunday afternoon and stole property from inside it, Nethken said.

Bailey was booked into the Ascension Parish Jail on one count each of burglary and simple criminal damage to property, Nethken said.