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UPDATE: New Iberia man identified as suspect in downtown Lafayette shooting

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Posted at 11:40 AM, May 02, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-02 15:15:28-04

A suspect has been identified in connection with a shooting that injured 12 people in downtown Lafayette.

Lafayette Police have say 40-year-old Carl Demark Thompson of New Iberia is wanted on charges of 11 counts of attempted first-degree murder and one count of illegal use of weapons.

The Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office, which is investigating the LPD shooting of the suspect, also issued an update this morning.

Initial findings of their investigation are that three officers fired their weapons in response to the shooter, LPSO says. Those three officers are on administrative leave with pay, LPSO says. They were all on duty, LPD says.

The shooting happened on May 1, 2022, in the 500 block of Jefferson Street. A total of 12 people were injured in this shooting including the suspect. All injuries were non-life-threatening with the exception of the suspect, Thompson, who is in critical condition.

This investigation is ongoing and if anyone has any information about this incident please contact Lafayette Police Department or Lafayette Crime Stoppers at 232-TIPS.

"Lafayette Police Department wants the community to know that this was not a mass shooting. We have no evidence to indicate this or that this was a pre-planned event," Police say in a release.

There is no consensus in the law, nor among government or law enforcement in America, as to what constitutes a "mass shooting." Some research agencies classify any shooting - planned or not - in which three or more people, not counting the shooter, are killed as a mass shooting. Others say any shooting, again, planned or not, in which five or more people are shot, not including the shooter, is a mass shooting.
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