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Days after councilman announces anti-violence initiative, 3 shot in Lafayette

Posted: 5:05 PM, May 21, 2018
Updated: 2018-05-21 18:05:49-04

Two separate shootings over the weekend in Lafayette left three people injured.

The shootings came just days after a Lafayette City-Parish councilman announced an initiative to end violence in the city.

"I announce the most challenging, the most threatening and the most needed initiative in our city’s history: Prevent Death Lafayette," said Councilman Kenneth Boudreaux.

Boudreaux announced his Prevent Death Lafayette initiative at last Wednesday night’s council meeting, followed two days later by a pair of shootings in separate parts of the city.

Lafayette Police suspect one of those shootings happened within feet of Cajun Field and the Cajundome. The second broke out on Lacobie St. in North Lafayette.

"We can’t even sit outside on our own porches," said a resident on Lacobie St., "Could have gotten shot. Everybody could have gotten shot. We were standing right here. I have a family over there. They could’ve gotten hurt. You understand? Everybody has a family around here."

It’s incidents like these that Boudreaux aims to put an end to, and he’s called on every agency, board, and community member to step up and help.

"Two things must change, circumstances and environment," said Boudreaux, "It’s no longer going to be status quo, it’s no longer going to be a single day or night of news coverage and then returned to business as usual. We have to take these things seriously."