Around 2:00 a.m. Sunday morning, Lafayette Police responded to shots being fired inside of Shakers Nightclub on Jefferson Street.
One resident in the downtown area said he heard the chaos that took place overnight. "I heard I would say anywhere from six to ten, fifteen shots," said Cornelius Gipson, a Downtown Lafayette resident. He said while he didn't see anything, he could hear the gunshots from his bedroom.
Paul Mouton with Lafayette Police said through surveillance video they were able to see the incident in Shakers Nightclub. "There was an individual, a black male, was inside of the club that fired at least one round injuring at least three people," said Mouton. Mouton said one male and two females were shot and left with non-life-threatening injuries.
He said the reason behind the shooting is still under investigation. "The motive behind the shooting is unknown at this time. Again, we are early on in the investigation. We're interviewing the victims obviously. We're looking over surveillance tape," said Mouton. According to police, about fifteen minutes after the shooting at Shakers, gunshots were heard about a block away.
"Approximately 2:15 a.m., they heard several shots rang out near Grant Street. After investigating that, they discovered multiple cars had been struck by some type of firearm," said Mouton. According to Mouton, no one was injured during the second shooting. Mouton said they're investigating if the two shootings are related. "Right now we don't know for a fact the two are connected, but we are investigating both incidents," said Mouton. Gipson said there's other ways of solving disagreements besides turning to violence.
"It's pitiful that we can't be adults handling our business. If there's a difference between us let's get it together and settle our differences without violence, without shooting. Let's talk about it," said Gipson. Detectives are asking anyone with information about the shootings or the identity of the suspect or suspects to call Lafayette Police or Crimestoppers at 232-Tips.
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