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Feb 28, 2014 3:43 PM by Dave Fields

OPD: Teen eliminated as suspect, alibi checks out in shooting of 5-year old

Opelousas Police Department reports that the alibi of the16-year-old boy currently in custody on a weapons charge checks out and he "no longer is a suspect at this time" in the shooting of a five-year-old boy outside a home on Martin Luther King, Jr., Dr. in Opelousas.

According to Chief Perry Gallow, the teen "made a few phone calls a block away from his mother's home on Cherry St. at the time the shot was fired."

Chief Gallow also said he has eliminated the possibility that the shooting was a drive-by.

"The gun was placed against the head of the child. It was not a stray bullet, not a bullet from a vehicle at any distance," said the chief.

Gallow indicated that current evidence points to the contention that only the five-year-old and the seven-year-old were present in the yard when the shot was fired at what he described as "point blank range."

"We don't have any information that there was anyone but the two boys in the yard at the time of the shooting," said the chief.

Gallow expressed empathy for the traumatic experience suffered by the boys' parents.

"Those parents are going through a great deal," the chief said. The chief said that his department is attempting to determine if the 7-year-old may have been involved in the incident.

If anyone happened to be in the area at the time of the shooting and saw anything, you are asked to call Opelousas Police.


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