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Five juveniles wanted following a shooting where a 5-year-old girl in Evangeline Parish was injured

Stacey Smith, Evangeline Parish
Posted at 9:45 AM, Dec 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-29 20:38:45-05

VILLE PLATTE, La. — Ville Platte police are looking for five juveniles who they feel are responsible for shooting a five-year-old girl and assaulting a man.

Police were called to the 100 block of East Cotton Street around 9:15 Monday night for a report of a shooting.

According to Chief Neal Lartigue, a homeowner confronted 5 juveniles in his yard, one of which was armed with a metal pipe. The juveniles allegedly hit the homeowner in the head with the pipe while demanding money. As the homeowner retreated back to his residence, police say one of the juveniles shot towards the homeowner; a five-year-old child was shot in the shoulder during the incident.

The child was transported to a local hosptial and is listed in stable condition. The homeowner was treated at a local hospital and later released.

KATC's Kendria LaFleur spoke with the homeowner who says he believes the juveniles were between the ages of 15 and 20 years old. He, along with other neighbors, tell us they've had issues with this group of kids for a long time. The 5-year-old was airlifted to the hospital and is in surgery; she's expected to recover. We'll have his interview tonight in our evening newscasts.

If you have any information on the 5 male juveniles involved in this incident to please contact the Ville Platte Police Department at 363-1313 and ask to speak to a Detective. Your call will remain anonymous.