UPDATE 3:30 p.m.: The Opelousas Police Department has released the names of the two victims.

The women have been identified as Samijah Leday, 21, and Alexie Joubert, 19, both of Opelousas.

Opelousas Mayor Julius Alsandor in a statement to the media, condemns the recent act of violence:

The City of Opelousas extends our sincere prayers and deepest condolences to the families whose loved ones have been affected by this senseless and unwarranted act of violence.

We condemn these violent acts, and the City will aid and support the Opelousas Police Department and authorities through any measures that are needed to bring these individuals to justice.

Please continue to pray for our community and the citizens of Opelousas.  We must stop the violence.

Mayor Julius Alsandor

ORIGINAL STORY: OPELOUSAS, La. (KLFY) — Opelousas Police are investigating the death of two women in the 1200 block of Ina Clara Drive. According to Chief Martin McLendon, officers responded to the area around 10 p.m. Thursday after receiving multiple reports of gunshots.

Officers found a vehicle that had been shot “by multiple rounds of gunfire” on the scene. OPD says the vehicle seems to have been parked at the time of the shooting, but both women suffered fatal injuries.

This is an ongoing investigation. More information will be provided as it becomes available.

Opelousas Police ask anyone with any information related to this shooting to contact them at (337)-948-2500, crimetips@opelousaspd.com or through Crime Stoppers via the Crime Stoppers website or by using the P3 mobile App.