Evangeline

Jun 8, 2011 12:01 AM by Shawn Kline

Witnesses recall Ville Platte double murder suicide

With Tuesday's shooting happening during business hours on Ville Platte's Main Street, many people came forward telling their own stories on what they saw at Lavergne Insurance.

"I thought they were shots but I wasn't really sure so when I walked outside," Tommy Richard said. "That's when I had found out somebody had been shot."

Richard lives just across the street from Lavergne Insurance but he never expected anything like this to happen there.

"i've been living here 20 years." Richard says, "but never seen anything like this."

Down the street, Cynthia Doucet says she saw the aftermath of the shooting. Her description paints a gruesome and heartbreaking image.

"When I passed by, I saw this man laying down outside." Doucet says, "hollering for help and nobody was there to help so I wound up parking by the bank."

Doucet says one of the victims initially survived the shooting, but now we know both Rhett Jeansonne and Kim Sledge died as a result of this rampage.

"I just feel sorry for the family." Doucet says, "and the people who surround them."

Not only was Tuesday's shooting a tragedy for the city of Ville Platte, but also rings bells for some throughout Evangeline Parish. Many people were reminded of a similar but unrelated situation with a tragic ending in Mamou just months ago.

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