Three Lafayette Teens Shot, One Dead – Questions Remain
LAFAYETTE, La. (KPEL) -- A 15-year-old is dead and two others are in stable condition following a shooting in the early morning hours.
Lafayette Police Cpl. Paul Mouton says the three teenagers, all 15-years-old, were riding in a truck at 1:45 Sunday morning in the Bellevue Plantation subdivision.
Police say that the shooting took place in the 100 block of Green Meadow.
18-year-old Seth Fontenot of Lafayette has been arrested and charged with first degree murder and two counts of attempted first degree murder.
Lafayette Police say they are working an active investigation and don't have the many answers to multiple questions that citizens are asking like:
- what really happened that night?
- why were the teens out past curfew?
- what was the nature of the shooting?
Mouton tells KPEL,
" We responded twice to the residence of 132 Green Meadow, the first one was in November, the second one in December. The first one was a car burlgary that was reported during the day, and the second one reported one an attempted car burlgary that was reported about 1:30 in the morning. There is a lot of information out there right now, and obviously a lot of people are speculating, before we release anything we want to make sure that it is 100 percent factual and so we are looking at all the circumstances, you know we're still working a very active case, and before we have that information available, we want to make sure that it is, you know, a 100 percent correct, so we are not releasing anything so far as the circumstances surrounding. I know in the affidavit it was released that uh, that Fontenot uh suspected that his vehicle was being broke into and again we have to look to verify that information and the story. There is a lot of unanswered question you know to as why they were out at that late of the night and driving a vehicle, again those are all answers we're looking for. "
According to an initial report obtained from Lafayette Police, a purse or handbag was taken from an unlocked car in the November incident.
In January, the complainant said she saw a suspicious vehicle driving near her home. She said she saw the driver get out of a truck and try to break into her son's car. She woke her son who then scared off the unknown suspect.
Mouton says investigators will continue working to answer questions for the investigation and the public. We asked him where did Fontenot allegedly shoot from and he says, "I don't know if it was physically on the roadway or if it was half way on the roadway, all of that is part of the ongoing investigation, it was in front of the house though or in close proximity because Fontenot did fire from his residence in the yard."
The driver drove himself and his friends to Our Lady of Lourdes, Mouton says.
The circumstances behind the shooting are not being released and the case remains under investigation.