Lafayette PD release ID of victim in deadly Edison Street shooting, teens arrested


LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY) A 54-year-old man is dead after shooting in the 500 block of Edison Street Tuesday night. 

On May 7, 2019 at approximately 11:16 pm Lafayette Police responded to shots fired at a local park. Officers located one victim suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim died at a local hospital, police said, LPD spokesperson Cpl. Bridgette Dugas said. 

The victim has been identified as 54-year-old Michael Thomas, of Lafayette.

The investigation identified the suspects as 13-year-old juvenile and a 16-year-old juvenile.

Both were located at their residence following the shooting and placed under arrest for second degree murder, police said.

They were both booked into the Lafayette Juvenile Detention Center. Additional charges for the 13-year-old male include possession of a stolen firearm, possession of a firearm by a juvenile and possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number. T

he 16-year-old male additional charges included Possession of Schedule II and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

In recent months, the 13-year old juvenile suspect was detained by Lafayette Police officer’s in reference to several curfew violations within the city limits.

Additional charges as it pertains to the violation of a status offense law will be forwarded to the District Attorney’s Office for review against the custodian responsible for the juvenile.

The investigation remains ongoing.

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