Man pistol-whipped, shot outside Eunice convenience store

Crime

EUNICE, La. (KLFY)- UPDATE: Police are searching for a 17-year-old suspect following a late-night shooting outside of a convenience store in Eunice.

The victim is in stable condition, authorities said.

The suspected vehicle has been described at a four-door 2006 Buick Lurcene CXL with a primer black front bumper and a tan left front fender with the license plate 133EjF.

Eunice Police are asking anyone with information about the whereabouts of the suspect or this vehicle to please call the Eunice Police Department at (337) 457-2626.

ORIGINAL: Eunice Police say a man was pistol-whipped and then shot outside a convenience store late Wednesday afternoon on E. Maple Street.

Police Chief Randy Fontenot said the shooting happened around 4 p.m. when two men began arguing inside the store.

Once outside, he said, the argument continued until one of the males produced a weapon and pistol whipped the other male across the head.

The victim, Fontenot said, was then shot in the abdomen.

The shooter fled the area in a vehicle, and the victim was transported to the hospital by private vehicle where is listed in critical condition, Fontenot said.

Police have video surveillance showing the suspect flee the scene, Fontenot said.

The chief expects to release additional information Thursday morning.

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