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Lafayette Police are investigating third homicide this past week

Posted: 6:06 PM, Sep 06, 2018
Updated: 2018-09-06 22:10:27-04

UPDATE: An arrest warrant has been issued for a suspect in connection with this morning’s homicide on Lafayette Street.

Twenty-six-year-old Brent Johnson is wanted for second-degree murder in the shooting death of 39-year-old Jason J. Carbins.

Police say Johnson should be considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information on Johnson’s whereabouts is urged to call the Lafayette Police Department or Crime Stoppers at 232-TIPS.

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Lafayette Police are investigating the third homicide this week.

A man was shot Thursday morning on Lafayette Street just yards away from where another man was shot and killed last Friday.

People who live on Lafayette Street worry the violence is getting out of hand. A woman who has lived on Lafayette Street for 60 years has never seen this level of violence.

“This is the first time we’ve had something like that. First time! I hope they don’t keep shooting.”

She and other neighbors say they are stunned.

“I heard four shots this morning while I was sitting on my porch, and we’ve never had so much violence like we’ve had right now today,” said Ella Simone, who lives on W. Simcoe Street.

Simone lives about a block from where the two shootings happened in the last week.

Twenty-one-year-old Ricky Wiltz was the victim of last Friday’s shooting on the same street.

Balloons tied to a phone pole, marking where Wiltz was shot, overlook the duplex of the most recent shooting.

“When we were growing up and we had a dispute with anybody, we had a fight, and it was over,” said Khadijah Richard, whose home is on Lafayette Street.

Richard has lived on the same block as the two shootings for more than a decade. She feels the violence stems from a deeper issue.

“It’s a bunch of unemployed youngsters that don’t understand the value of life. Because if they had understood the value of life, they wouldn’t be shooting and killing like that. I jack you, and now you want to come and kill me? What happened to regular fist fighting where we could live another day? You know, this is despicable. Our community can’t continue to live like this with all this ruthless violence,” said Richard.