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UPDATE: Shooting investigations underway in Ville Platte

Ville Platte shooting
Posted at 2:11 PM, Jul 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-29 18:40:27-04

Ville Platte Police are investigating a Saturday night shooting that left two people injured. Police have released new images of a person of interest and suspect vehicle in connection with that shooting.

Police say that on July 28 at around 2:44 a.m. officers responded to a report of shots fired at a business located in the 200 block of Tate Cove Road. Upon arrival officers say they discovered that numerous shots had been fired from the parking lot of one business towards multiple people and also the business located across Tate Cove Road.

As officers began clearing the parking lot, they were informed that two vehicles were damaged by bullets and two men received injuries from gunfire. One victim was shot in his lower torso and was transported from the Bunkie Hospital to Rapides Regional Medical Center and was released later that day. The second victim was injured by a fragment in his lower torso and was treated at Mercy Regional Medical Center and later released.

Multiple casings were found at the scene which police say indicates multiple shooters.

Detectives learned that after numerous shots were fired, a man wearing dark jeans and no shirt, entered one of the businesses and was in possession of a firearm. Detectives are seeking information on the identity of this person. They are also seeking to identify the driver of a white vehicle which may have been involved in the incident.

The vehicle may possibly have bullet holes in it, according to police.

On the same day at around 3:45 p.m., officers were dispatched to an apartment complex in the 800 block of North Latour Street in reference to shots fired. Upon arrival officers say they discovered two vehicles with damages received from bullets.

Witnesses reported seeing a white four door SUV or truck in the area as shots were fired. At 5:30 in the evening Officers received a call that a man was in the emergency room with a gunshot wound. The victim was treated and released. He also had multiple gun shots holes in his vehicle.

Chief Lartigue is asking anyone with information on either of these two incidents to contact the Ville Platte Police Department at 363-1313. Your call will remain anonymous.