Brother of recent murder victim shot in Gonzales park, arrest made

Brother of recent murder victim shot in Gonzales park, arrest made

GONZALES, LA (WAFB) - A man was shot at a park Sunday during a fundraiser for his brother who was recently murdered.

The Gonzales Police Department said Jonathan Harvey, 27, was shot at least six times at Municipal Park in Gonzales around 6 p.m.

Investigators reported Melvin Sanders, 31, of Donaldsonville, was arrested Monday morning.

Police said Harvey was attending an event to raise money to pay for funeral expenses for his brother, Clarence, who was shot and killed Tuesday.

Police added organizers did not have a permit for the fundraiser.

According to investigators, Harvey and two other people started fighting, a gun was pulled and shots were fired. Officers said Harvey was taken to St. Elizabeth Hospital before they arrived at the scene. They added he was later sent to Our Lady of the Lake Hospital, where he was listed in critical condition at last check.

"From everything we were led to believe this event was being held to assist the family with the burial costs associated with Clarence Harvey, and for another family member to come in there and for it to escalate to this particular type of incident it's just bizarre and strange," said Gonzales Police Sgt. Steven Nethken.

Sanders was booked on charges of attempted second-degree murder and felon in possession of a firearm.

Gonzales police say they do not believe Sunday's shooting is connected to the death of Clarence Harvey, but the investigation is ongoing.

Nethken noted other charges could come as the investigation continues.

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