One person has been arrested and another is sought in connection with the Wednesday shooting that left a man dead, a child dead and three other children wounded.
Opelousas Police Chief Martin McLendon tells KATC that one man was arrested last night in Baton Rouge and remains in the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.
Felton James Martin of Lafayette was booked with two counts of first-degree murder and three counts of attempted first-degree murder, as well as home invasion and felon in possession of a firearm.
Still wanted is Davieontray Breaux, also of Lafayette. He should be considered armed and dangerous, the chief says. He's wanted on the same charges that Martin was booked with, McLendon says.
Police believe Breaux has been involved in other shootings, the chief says. He is aware that police are looking for him, and anyone who knows where he is should call 911 or law enforcement; do not approach him.
KATC Investigates has learned that Breaux has an extensive criminal history in Lafayette, including a 2009 guilty plea to a charge of accessory after the fact to second-degree murder, for which he received a first-offender pardon in 2013, after he had served his sentence. He has been charged with numerous drug and weapon-related charges, and in 2016 was formally charged in a bill of information with two counts attempted first-degree murder, one count domestic violence by strangulation, one count felon in possession of a firearm and a marijuana charge. A trial is set for October in that case; he's currently out on bond.
The two attempted murder charges accuse Breaux of trying to kill two Lafayette Police Officers.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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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