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Man and four-year-old killed, three children wounded in Opelousas shooting

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Posted at 5:12 AM, Apr 27, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-27 12:55:15-04

A man and a four-year-old were killed, and three other children were wounded, during a shooting early Wednesday in Opelousas.

The shooting happened shortly before 1 a.m. in the 700 block of Mia Street, police say.

Officers were called to the location Tuesday night, after a report of a fight between two women. When police arrived the fight that had been reported appeared to be over.

They were called back hours later when two men, who have not been identified, became involved in the dispute which resulted in multiple rounds being fired in an apartment unit where the victims were located.

Of the two victims killed, one was a 46-year-old man and the other was a 4-year-old girl. The man, they say, died at the scene of the incident and the 4-year-old died from her injuries after being transported to a local hospital.

Police Chief Martin McLendon tells KATC that three other children were shot; one of those children was in a nearby home and was grazed by a bullet.

Of those children injured, a 17-month-old girl is currently hospitalized with serious injuries, a 7-year-old boy is hospitalized, but is in stable condition and a 16-year-old received a very minor injury and is not currently receiving any inpatient care.

Police say they are pursuing active leads. Identities of the victims will be released once the next of kin notification has been verified, they say.

Opelousas Police ask anyone with any information related to this shooting to contact the Opelousas Police Department at 337-948-2500, crimetips@opelousaspd.com, or through Crime Stoppers (337-948-TIPS, www.stlandrycrimestoppers.com [stlandrycrimestoppers.com] or by using the P3 mobile App.) Tipsters can remain anonymous.

KATC will update this story as we have more details.
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