Jeff Davis

Jan 30, 2012 11:25 PM by Shawn Kline

Welsh Police investigate shooting, murder and arson

It was a busy night for Welsh Police on Sunday. Two shootings and an arson, all three linked.
One person died as a result of those shootings and police say the suspects could be connected to previous murders in Welsh.
It's also the third murder in the city in under a year. All of them remain unsolved but police say they may be related.

Residents say they're just fed up with it. Some of those in the area say the crimes are retaliations between two families, they say, just don't like each other.

"I'm sick and tired of it," Shala Wildridge said. "I've got two kids that live here and it's a good thing they weren't here."

A shooting, a murder and an arson: All three happened within just hours of each other Sunday night. Shala Wildridge and her family, caught up in the middle of it.

"Why are they targeting you?" KATC's Shawn Kline asked, referring to bullet holes in her house.

"I don't know, but I know who did it," Wildridge said.

Police say the violence began at around 7:00PM on Kennedy Street. Shala's brother, Tremain Wildridge, was walking with a group of friends when another man fired a gun at the group.
Tremain was shot in the foot but was able to escape to a nearby home on Sarah Street.

Hours later, another shooting. Police Chief Tommy Chaisson says, a retaliation to the first one. The man hit, Denzell Lampain later died at the hospital.

"It starts out as just fighting among each other." Chaisson says, "it grows and grows and grows until it gets to this point."

Chaisson says later that night, a home was set on fire; the same place Wildridge called for help from on Sarah Street.
Police believe this was another retaliation. This time, from the other group, enraged by Lampain's death.

Then, more gunfire toward an empty home. That's where Shala Wildridge usually stays. She says she was out visiting her brother at the hospital.

"My chair had a bullet hole in it," Wildridge said. "I went outside and saw all the bullet holes (in the wall) and called police."

"It wasn't just one bullet hole?" KATC's Shawn Kline asked.

"It was a lot," Wildridge said. "Two different guns."

Chief Chaisson says he's following his leads at this time and he's "confident" these crimes will be solved.



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