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Man arrested for multiple drive-by shootings

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Posted at 2:43 PM, Jul 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-16 15:43:18-04

An Opelousas man has been arrested in connection with multiple drive-by shootings in St. Landry Parish.

20-year-old Dequavious Travon Johnson was arrested and booked into the St. Landry Parish Jail on Friday, July 12 on five counts attempted first-degree murder and five counts of assault by drive by shooting.

Deputies say that on June 23, Opelousas Police began investigating a shooting where a victim was shot and transported to a local hospital.

Two days later on June 25 deputies responded to the community of Morrow in reference to a drive-by shooting where two trailer homes were hit by bullets. Five people were inside the homes at the time of the incident. Deputies say 25 rifle casings and four .40 caliber casings were found at the scene

While investigating the scene, police in Bunkie responded to a drive-by shooting. Investigators determined from key evidence that the Bunkie and Morrow shootings were connected.

In the evening of June 25, Opelousas Police responded to a third drive-by shooting. At the scene police uncovered nine more rifle casings, three 9mm caliber casings and eighteen .40 caliber casings.

On June 26 a meeting between investigating agencies determined Johnson to be a main suspect. Johnson allegedly owned a firearm that fired a particular kind of ammo found at all three shootings.

Upon his arrest, Johnson was also allegedly found to be in possession of multiple magazines of ammunition used in the shootings.

Deputies learned that the shootings in Bunkie and Morrow were a result of the June 23 shooting in Opelousas where Johnson's cousin was shot.