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UPDATE: Eunice Police believe shootings are related

Posted at 4:15 PM, Apr 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-09 20:41:01-04

Eunice Police Chief Randy Fontenot says that police are investigating another shots fired call Tuesday morning.

He’s told us it was a drive-by shooting, which happened in the 300 block of South Mallet Street around 9:00 am on Tuesday. No one was injured in the incident

Schools in the area were on a partial lockdown as a precaution.

Fontenot believes the shootings in Eunice are related; investigators believe its the same group of people shooting at each other.

One suspect is in custody and will be questioned, Fontenot said.

Police are continuing to investigate these incidents and gather evidence to narrow down possible suspects.

Eunice Police investigated a shots fired call at an apartment complex on Crestview Loop Monday night.

Read More: Eunice Police on scene of shots-fired call at Windcrest Apartments

A person was shot and wounded on Sunday, April 7 during a shooting on Farris Avenue. That person was listed in stable condition Tuesday afternoon, the chief said.

Fontenot says that the department needs cooperation from eyewitnesses and those involved in these shooting incidents to come forward and help bring them to an end.

He also added that people are slowly giving police information. However, for some who live nearby they say coming forward isn’t easy.

The sounds of gunfire, is common for some who live near Mallet Street. One neighbor didn’t want to be shown in camera, in fear of retaliation.

Shes an elderly woman and raising her 3 year-old granddaughter. She says it’s hard trying to keep her family safe when crime is right outside her front door.

“All that shooting, they don’t know where that bullet is going,”She said. ” I be scared that a bullet can pass through the window where my grand baby sleeps at ,”

She added, “I go to bed worried. I wake up worried,”

However, the most difficult part she says is talking to police. While she admits, she doesn’t know anything about the crimes she understands why some refuse to speak with police.

“I don’t mind talking, it’s just the idea I’m scared of what’s going to happen afterwards, ” she said. “You don’t know what they’re going to do. I am an elderly lady. I can’t take that chance for them to come and do something bad at night time or do something bad to my grand baby. I can’t take that chance,”

While the investigation continues, neighbors are hoping for better days for the sake of children who live nearby.

The chief urges Eunice residents to report all instances of illegal activity to the police department. Anyone who witnesses or has witnessed any of these incidents or has any information is asked to contact police.