Juveniles Shooting Update

Two Opelousas students arrested in a shooting were in court Monday and a judge says he's not ready to let them go home yet.

Opelousas Police say the two juveniles fired shots near Opelousas Junior High Friday afternoon.
One of the juveniles even shot at police.

During Monday morning's probable cause hearing, the judge decided the juveniles will remain detained at the Saint Martin Parish juvenile detention center.

Meanwhile, Saint Landry parish school superintendent Michael Nassif says a preliminary report says several students could face severe disciplinary action, including expulsion.



Shots Fired at Officers

Two juveniles have been arrested after gunfire erupted outside of Opelousas Junior High School Friday afternoon.  Some of the shots were even aimed at Opelousas officers.

“Not even one week into the new school year at Opelousas Junior High School and there is already an incident involving a weapon after school. The altercation is said to have started at the Civic Center in Opelousas.”

Opelousas Police officers say when the arrived at the scene near the school one of the juveniles opened fire on them. Several juveniles were quickly taken into custody. A gun was also recovered in a bush by a K9 unit.

One of the two suspects arrested claims to have found the weapon sometime before school, and brought it to campus, hiding it just off the school property.

Both juveniles have been charged with aggravated assault with a firearm, Illegal use of a weapon, illegal possession of a firearm on school property, and illegal possession of a hand gun by a juvenile.

Due to the sensitive nature of the location in this case, Detective Darren Zachary feels confident that, if found guilty, the two boys involved will face appropriate penalties. 

Erin Nicole

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