Police late Tuesday announced the arrest of a fifth suspect in a shooting incident Monday in Opelousas.
Marcus Chenier, 17, was taken into custody around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at a residence in the 1700 block of Blanchard Street and was booked on eight counts of attempted second-degree murder, police spokesman Corey Leger said.
It was the second shooting in that area within a day’s time, and police say it appears to have been retaliatory in nature.
Police said Chenier, 630 Planters Street, ran from a vehicle “attempting to quickly flee the area” when officers arrived in response to a report of shots fired on Paris Street on Monday.
Police questioned the four men who remained in the vehicle and later booked all of them on counts of attempted second-degree murder, Corey Leger said.
Antonio Malveaux, 19, 919 S. Market St.; John Tyler, 20, 1030 Perry Ln.; and D’Angilo Rubin, 19, 406 Sylvia St., remained in the Opelousas jail on Tuesday afternoon, according to booking records.
Kelly Guidry, 32, 321 W. Lincoln St., was booked into the St. Landry Parish jail.
Although no injuries were reported, a house in the 700 block of Paris Street with eight people inside was shot at “several times” around 11:30 p.m. Monday, Leger said.
About a day earlier, police responded around 12:30 a.m. Monday to a report of shots fired in the Paris Street area and found bullet casings in the street, Leger said.
Police believe the violence to be in retaliation “to several confrontations over the weekend between individuals from the Northeast and Northwest side of town,” Leger said.