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One person killed in St. Martinville shooting

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Posted at 10:46 AM, Aug 23, 2021

St. Martinville Police are investigating two shootings in the city that they say may have a connection.

One person was injured in a shooting Friday night at the corner of Pecan Street and Martin Luther King Drive. Chief Ricky Martin believes the same suspect may be involved in a deadly shooting Monday morning around 8:30 on Audrey Circle. The victim and suspect's ID have not yet been released.

According to Chief Martin, the suspect allegedly knocked on the victim's front door; as he answered, the suspect shot him numerous times. The chief also said there was a baby in the living room, only feet away from where the victim was shot.

"I heard five shots went off, all of a sudden. I wanted to see what was going on, so I came to the front door," a neighbor, who asked to stay anonymous, said.

He told KATC police cars were swarming his neighborhood minutes after he heard gunshots Monday morning.

The suspect ran off through a nearby field, according to Chief Martin. Police used K-9 officers and drones as they continued searching for the suspect throughout the day Monday.

The neighbor said this is the first time a shooting has happened in their neighborhood, but he is not surprised.

"Anywhere. It can happen anywhere you go. You can be a young man, a young lady, it can happen."

Chief Martin says he is not sure at this time if this shooting is in retaliation to Friday night's shooting that left one person injured.

"What's going on with this young generation right now? This generation, they don't care about one another right now. All they care about is themselves. What they want, what they would like to do." the neighbor added.

He said he's continuing to pray for both families involved.

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