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Police investigating two overnight shootings in Opelousas

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Posted at 6:58 PM, Jan 19, 2021

One person has been arrested after Opelousas Police responded to two shooting incidents in the city Monday night.

According to police, officers responded to a shots fired call at 6 p.m. in the area of W. Grolee Street and Sapphire Street. At least one person and at least one residence in the area were struck by gunfire. The victim received a gunshot wound to the lower leg, was treated at a local hospital, and released shortly after.

Details surrounding the shooting are limited at this time. Police say the victim tried to leave the area in a vehicle, but crashed the vehicle into a tree as the vehicle was being fired upon. The vehicle was also struck by gunfire, along with a home in the area that police say was occupied at the time of the shooting.

No motive or suspect information is available regarding this shooting incident at this time.

OPD were called at 9:40 p.m. to a residence on Patsy Street regarding a person that had shot a person in his home. Upon arrival, police found a 29-year-old female suffering from several gunshot wounds, and the homeowner, later identified as Lester Prince, 66, present at the residence.

Prince told police he had awakened to hear someone in his residence, so he retrieved his firearm and fired several rounds at the suspected intruder.

The victim stated that she was picked up while walking and went with Prince to his residence, where the two engaged in consensual sexual contact and used various types of illegal narcotics. She added that she was in the bathroom when Prince began firing at her. Prince later stated that he couldn't be sure if he had or hadn't picked up the victim.

The victim was transported to a local hospital and is in critical condition from "very serious" injuries, a spokesperson for the department says.

Prince was booked into the St. Landry Parish Jail and is facing a charge of Attempted Second Degree Murder.

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

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