OPELOUSAS, La. (KLFY) — UPDATE, 1:30 p.m.: Opelousas Police Chief McLendon said the victim is an 18-year-old. He’s currently in critical condition.
The name of the victim is not being released at this time.
McLendon said the patrolling officer who responded did not hear the shooting when it happened. “He did not hear any gunshots, but as he patrolled, he noticed people out here and they flagged him down alerting him that a shooting had taken place,” McClendon explained.
This is the second overnight shooting in Opelousas this week. McLendon said, as of now, he does not believe the shootings are related, however, both involved young people.
“We don’t have any evidence to show that there is a connection but we do know that gun violence is running rampant,” McLendon said. “Most of our shootings are people who are not doing anything productive in the community but causing gun violence.”
This is still an active investigation.
ORIGINAL POST, 5:15 a.m.: An Opelousas Police officer on patrol responded to reports of a shooting in the area around 1:00 this morning. Officers found a man lying in a driveway near the intersection of N. Market and Eliza St. shot several times. He was transported to a local hospital and is said to be in critical condition.
Opelousas Police ask anyone with any information related to this shooting to contact the Opelousas Police Department at (337)-948-2500, firstname.lastname@example.org, through Crime Stoppers by using the P3 mobile app.