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Opelousas Police: Shooting stemmed from drug deal

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Posted at 7:10 PM, Jan 30, 2020

Opelousas Police are now looking for a black Cadillac in connection to shots fired in the city.

It happened at an apartment complex in the 1600 block of W. Vine Street and police believe it all centers around a drug deal.

"We've increased our violent crime team to just be on the streets looking for these vehicles of interest," said Opelousas Police Chief Martin Mclendon.

Residents at the apartment complex said they are shaken up after a shooting Wednesday night.

"The worst situation is a young lady who was grateful to God she wasn't home. Several rounds hit her apartment," Mclendon said. "We could have been working a homicide."

Police believe it stemmed from a drug deal.

Neighbors who didn't want to go on camera tell KATC the suspect initially drove off, but backed up and opened fire.

"Obviously he was lured here for drugs and then didn't get what he was looking for," Mclendon said. "He was armed...he fired some shots."

Neighbors tell KATC multiple shots were fired. The side of the apartment complex has at least five bullet holes.

"The target person he was shooting at, we believe that he may have even returned fire," Mclendon said.

The Chief believes this shooting is unrelated to the gang violence in the area.

"This one seemed to be an isolated. It's not connected to the Yambilee or to the Railroad Avenue shooting and I know we have a lot of attention that is focused on that but that is not what this is," said Mclendon.

Though the city is receiving more reports of shots fired, Mclendon wants everyone to be aware, but not live in fear.

"I think people need to live..try to live a normal life as best as possible but be aware of your surroundings," Mclendon said.