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New Eunice task force makes arrest in recent shooting

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A second Eunice teen has been arrested in connection with the shooting of two people earlier this month, police said.

On June 6, a seven-year-old boy was shot outside a convenience store, allegedly while the shooter was trying to shoot two other people. Later that same day, the boy's uncles also were shot. 

Early Monday, Eunice Police and Louisiana State Police arrested Brycelyn Ray Anderson, 17, for the June 6 shooting of Travis Mitchell, one of the boy's uncles.  Anderson's been booked with attempted second-degree murder. 

Jamie Ned, also known as Jamie Freemon, also 17, was booked the day after the shooting, accused of shooting Travis Mitchell and his brother, Clarence, as well as the seven-year-old. He was booked with five counts of attempted first-degree murder: two counts for the people he allegedly was trying to shoot when he allegedly hit the seven-year-old; one count for hitting the seven-year-old; and one count for each of the Mitchell brothers. 

Chief Randy Fontenot said one of those charges against Ned may be dropped, now that detectives have learned that Ned allegedly was not alone during the shooting of the Mitchell brothers. 

Travis Mitchell has been released from the hospital but his brother remains hospitalized, the chief said. The child was treated and released as well. 

While they were executing the search warrant, police allegedly found marijuana on a man in the home and arrested him as well, the chief said.  Germario Joseph,19, of Eunice was booked with possession of marijuana. 

Last week, Fontenot announced the restructuring of the Eunice Police Department in response to the recent shootings and activities of juveniles in the city. That restructuring went into effect today.

"This is only the beginning of the police department's efforts to end the criminal activities of the few in Eunice who are disrupting the normal peace and quiet of our streets," Fontenot said. "We are determined to take back our streets and keep our citizens safe. Those of you who are determined to disturb our peace are being warned, we have only begun today." 

To read our story about Ned's arrest, and see surveillance footage of one of the shootings, click here. To see our story about a town hall meeting held in response to the violence, click here

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