LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY) — A UL student was hospitalized in critical condition after a shooting near campus Wednesday afternoon. It happened right off campus in a parking lot across from Huger Hall.
Lafayette police say the victim was speaking with at least three other people in the parking lot when a fight broke out, and the victim was shot.
The shooting put many UL students on edge.
“I see a bunch of police officers just sprinting and running and driving down here, and I’m like, ‘Okay, that’s nice because it’s a usual occurrence.’ Then I get a text on my phone saying to stay away from this area, and it’s another shooting,” UL student Robert Batarseh recalled.
“Was I nervous? Yeah! I don’t know if it was my friend or just some random person. If it was some random person, it’ll still be sad, but like, that’s my friend on the line. I don’t know. That’s why I’m trying to figure out what’s going on right now,” another student, Keith Jordan, recalled while officers were outside his dorm investigating.
“Somebody was bleeding and came inside the building,” Jordan also remembered.
He says he also remembers how quickly everything happened.
“We looked out the window and saw police cars outside and came downstairs,” Jordan said. “We were worried, concerned citizens. We come downstairs, and they told us to go around. So we’re confused, and we look and saw apparently somebody had shot on campus. Then somebody was bleeding inside the entrance there. We’re worried. We’re trying to find out what happened ourselves because our friend had stepped outside for a little minute. We trying to figure out if he’s good, making sure it wasn’t him that got shot or something like that.”
While many students packed bags and left the dorm, investigators combed the crime scene for evidence.
Lafayette Police Senior Cpl. Matthew Benoît says they received the reports of the shooting just after 5 o’clock.
“Several individuals were involved in a fight located right here in the 600 block of Tulane Avenue,” Benoit said. “During that fight, one of the individuals produced a firearm and fired one shot. What I also can confirm with you right now after speaking with UL, the victim is a current UL student. That victim is currently in critical condition at a local hospital.”
Benoit said at least three people were involved in the fight. Authorities do not have any suspects at this time.
Anyone with information regarding the incident should contact the Lafayette Police Department or Lafayette Crime Stoppers at 232-TIPS.