17-year-old dead in Jeanerette shooting, suspect still on the loose

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UPDATE: 1/18/20: A pair of arrests were made in the case overnight.

UPDATE: 9:43 p.m.: The family tells KLFY the victim’s name is Kendall Thompson, Jr., 17, of Jeanerette. He died from a wound sustained to his upper chest. Thompson was a young father and leaves behind a toddler son.

Thompson’s grandmother, Judy Lively, said she wants swift justice, “My grandson was in the house all day with me until he got out the house with his friends, and then I got a call that he got shot. And that wasn’t minutes before me and him had our last words: ‘Mawmaw, I’m coming right back. I’m not going nowhere. I’m going to stay here with Kaiden, and he never returned to his child.

Jeanerette Marshall and Interim Police Chief Fernest Martin said he knew Thompson personally, “Any time it hits close to home with such a young kid at seventeen years old. You know what, his life is gone and it is gone in a senseless manner, but we will do everything in our power, myself and the officers I have with me, I can assure you right now we will not leave this area. We will not go to sleep until we bring these suspects into custody.”

JEANERETTE, La. (KLFY) — One person is dead, and police are hunting for potential suspects after a shooting in Jeanerette at around 5 p.m., according to Jeanerette Marshal Fernest “Pacman” Martin.

The victim was only identified as a 17-year-old male. The shooting occurred near the intersection of Martin Luther King Drive and Guiberteau St.

Martin said it was unclear whether the shooting was part of an altercation or if it was a drive-by event. At least one suspect is being sought, though Martin said investigators were not releasing the suspect’s name. Multiple suspects may be involved, though investigators aren’t yet certain.

“We’re looking at nearby surveillance footage to see what we can find,” said Martin.

This is a developing story, and we will share more information as it becomes available.

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