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Man, juvenile arrested in connection with Saturday morning shootings in Opelousas

10-year-old shot in neck in one, woman injured in second
Posted at 11:09 AM, Jul 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-18 23:31:36-04

OPELOUSAS, La. - Two suspects are in police custody on charges of attempted second degree murder after separate shootings Saturday morning in Opelousas.

More information on the suspects has since been released. 36-year-old Willie Dominick III is facing two charges of attempted second degree murder and one charge of felon in possession of a firearm, while a 14-year-old juvenile is facing one count of attempted second degree murder. The juvenile was transported to a detention center in Monroe.

According to Chief Martin McClendon, a 10-year-old boy was shot while sleeping over at a relative's home on North Oak. The bullets were fired from a passing vehicle shortly before 3:00 am on Saturday. Bullets hit the church next door, and a child sleeping inside was hit when one bullet came through the house and struck his neck. His shoulder was also grazed. The adults in the home were unharmed, McClendon said.

A family member, who wished to remain anonymous, says she doesn't know why her home was targeted but she's glad everybody made it out alive.

"I was sleeping. I heard two pops. I heard my daughter scream, 'Momma, DJ!' So I knew that he got shot and he was hollering, nanny, don't let me die!' We ran outside to the car and we brought him to Opelousas General Hospital."

The boy was later transported to a Baton Rouge hospital. Family later told KATC that he was in good spirits and they're just thankful he's okay.

"I'm just so grateful. It could have been worse than it is. I'm glad he had his angels come around. Right now we have an innocent child. Whatever went on, they should have kept it in the street."

In the second shooting on Saturday morning, a woman was shot shortly after around 3:15 a.m. while inside of a vehicle on Lincoln Street. People who live in the home where the woman was parked say their residence is like "target practice" because of how often shots are fired. Chief McClendon tells us the woman is stable.

The Chief says that according to Instagram posts, there was a confrontation between the suspects and the people who live in the home on Oak Street.

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