LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY) – One teen is in the hospital and three others in custody after an afternoon shooting on Moss Street Monday, and residents say the violence among teens has gotten out of hand.
Lafayette Police responded to shots being fired just before 3 p.m. Monday afternoon.
“When we arrived on the scene we located a juvenile victim who has suffered several gunshot wounds. It was non-life threatening, he was transported to a local hospital and he’s currently in stable condition,” said Cpl. Bridgette Dugas.
The shooting happened in the 2000 block of Moss Street near Broaddus Burgers.
Lafayette Police Public Information Officer Cpl. Bridgette Dugas said the suspect, 18-year-old Dejuan Clay was arrested on the scene.
“After he fired the shots at the victim he abandoned his bicycle at the scene and on foot fled the location. We located him at a residence in Lafayette. He was apprehended within several minutes of the incident.”
The victim is a Northside High School student.
“The safety of the Northside students is the most important factor here,” said Dugas.
Residents in the surrounding area said it’s sad to see young people involved in this kind of violence.
“That’s sad. That’s very sad, sad situation for the little boy that got shot and the one that did the shooting too because it’s a bad situation on both sides,” said a resident who wished to remain anonymous.
After further investigation, two more teens were arrested for Illegal Possession of a Handgun by a Juvenile.
Clay was booked into the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center on charges of Aggravated Battery by Shooting.
The motive for the shooting is still unknown at this time.
Cpl. Bridgette Dugas asks that if anyone has any information to contact the Juvenile Detention Center or Crime Stoppers.