Police: Second shooting this week in Jennings

Published 12:53 pm Friday, June 2, 2023

Jennings police say they are looking for a suspect in a Thursday night shooting, which left a Jennings man wounded.

The shooting marks the second one since Saturday.

Police Chief Danny Semmes said police officers encountered the victim around 8 p.m. Thursday when he drove in front of the officers and stopped near the intersection of La. 26 and West Division Street. When officers approached the vehicle, the driver told them he had been shot.

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The victim, identified only as a male in his mid-20s, sustained at least two gunshot wounds to the upper torso.

The victim was transported to the Ochsner American Legion Hospital and was later airlifted to a Lafayette trauma center. He remained in stable condition Friday morning where he was scheduled to undergo surgery, Semmes said.

As the victim was waiting to be transported to the hospital, officers began receiving reports of shots being fired in the 200-block of West Wills Street near the parish fairgrounds.

Officers responding to the area found evidence of shots being fired on West Willis Street, and several casings were found on the scene along with other evidence in the area, Semmes said.

Search warrants were issued for three vehicles, including the victim’s car, and a residence. During those searches officers recovered an AR-15 rifle, a pistol and another handgun.

On Friday, Semmes said investigators are currently following up on leads and attempting to locate witnesses and identify a suspect. Most witnesses were being uncooperative, he said.

This is the second shooting to take place in the city this week.

A 25-year-old man was shot Saturday night following a fight at the Down Home Reunion at Marcus Cain Park on Peters Street.

The victim remains in stable condition at a Lafayette hospital after being shot several times in the torso, Semmes said.

Authorities have issued an arrest warrant for a 15-year-old juvenile for attempted second-degree murder in connection with the shooting. The juvenile remains at-large.

The investigation into both shootings are active and ongoing, and anyone with information is asked to call the anonymous tip line at 337-275-9002 or the Jennings Police Department at 337-821-5513.