Authorities investigate fatal shooting in Carencro

One man is dead following a fatal shooting Thursday afternoon. Authorities said the shooting happened around 2:30p.m. near Highway 1252. There were many concerned residents in Carencro following the fatal shooting in the area.

“We just saw the cops start showing up at Subway and they started roping everything off. We realized there was something seriously wrong,” said Tracy Lenorman, resident of Carencro. Carencro Police Chief, Carlos Stout, said the suspect, James Jones Jr., was an acquaintance of the victim.

“This is an isolated incident. The victim and the suspect knew one another. It’s an incident that took place for unknown reasons at this time,” said Chief Stout.

Authorities said 43-year-old Joseph Collins was fatally shot in a vehicle after he and the female driver picked up Jones. Once he got in the car, the suspect allegedly pulled out a gun and fired a fatal shot into Collins and then fled on foot off of Highway 1252. Following the shooting, the driver pulled into a Subway parking lot where she called police.

“The Carencro Police Department, the Lafayette Sheriff’s Office responded to this location where she stopped to call law enforcement. A short time later the suspect was apprehended a short distance from here so we do have him in custody,” said Captain Craig Stansbury, Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office.

According to Chief Stout, Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office was called after it was determined the shooting happened in Lafayette Parish. Chief Stout said while waiting for additional officers, Carencro Police came into contact with Jones.

“Carencro officers then approached the suspect which then led to a short foot pursuit. The officer and suspect engaged and the suspect was then captured. A nine millimeter weapon was located on him also,” said Chief Stout. Authorities said the female driver was not hurt during the shooting. James Jones Jr. has been charged with second degree murder.

He’s currently being held in the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center. No bond has been set.

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