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Opelousas home is target in two recent shootings

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Posted at 5:56 PM, Feb 17, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-18 14:37:31-05

Opelousas Police are asking for the public’s help following two recent shootings that occurred in the 100 block of W. Church Street.

Police say unknown suspects targeted the same residence on two occasions firing numerous rounds of gunfire at the home.

The first shooting happened in the early morning of February 10, 2022, during which time it was determined that some type of flammable substance was thrown at the home. Shortly after, several gunshots were fired at the home.

At the time, police say the home was occupied by three adults and one child. Fortunately, no one in the home was injured. Police say at least eight rounds were fired at the home with at least one round entering the residence causing damage to property inside.

The second shooting happened on the evening of February 16, 2022. Police say it was determined that over fifty rounds were fired at the residence striking the home and several vehicles. Four adults were in the home at the time. No one was injured.

Linda Nicholas lives in that home on W. Church Street.

"I ran to the end of the hall to ask him if he was okay cause the shots were coming from the front of my house and we were to the back. He told mom get back to the back and get down," Nicholas said. "I was in my room watching TV, laying in the bed. My nurse was in my little girl's room my son was in my room at about nine o'clock we heard all these shots fired. It started and look like it was never going to end."

Nicholas says she is now afraid to leave and stay in her home. She lives there with her daughter who requires nursing care. She says nurses are now afraid to come to the house.

In both incidents video surveillance was available, but Opelousas Police say the video is not of the clarity to help quickly identify suspects involved in the shootings. It is believed that the shootings may be connected to previous shooting incidents in the area.

OPD says investigators have and will be following up with other law enforcement agencies that are investigating possible related shootings.

Opelousas Police ask anyone with any information related to these shootings to contact the Opelousas Police Department at 337-948-2500, or through Crime Stoppers (337-948-TIPS, or by using the P3 mobile App.)

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