LAFAYETTE — A Lafayette man was booked on a second count of attempted second degree murder Saturday in a string of shootings on Friday in North Lafayette that left one man dead and two others hospitalized.
Meanwhile, authorities on Saturday identified the man who was found shot to death Friday in the 800 block of West Gilman Street as Dwayne Batiste Jr., 22, of Lafayette.
William Broussard, 26, of North St. Antoine Street, was booked Saturday in a shooting in the 1100 block of North St. Antoine Street shortly after 10:30 a.m. Friday, said Cpl. Paul Mouton, a police department spokesman. The victim, whose identity was not released, was in serious but stable condition at a local hospital.
Broussard had been arrested and booked Friday on a count of attempted second-degree murder following a 2 p.m. shooting inside Griff’s Food Mart at the intersection of West Simcoe and North St. Antoine streets. The victim, whose identity was not released, also was in serious but stable condition at a local hospital, Mouton said.
Broussard, who court records show has a prior conviction for negligent homicide, is accused of entering Griff’s Food Mart with a pistol and shooting the victim.
The West Simcoe Street shooting happened about a mile south of three consecutive shootings late Friday morning.
“We don’t believe any of these to be random shootings,” Mouton said. “We think the persons involved are seeking certain victims. It’s just a matter of determining the motives and whether they were all related.”
Officers responding to gunfire around 10:30 a.m. in the 800 block of West Gilman Road at Happiness Street found Batiste dead inside a white truck, Mouton said. He confirmed Saturday that the man died of a gunshot wound.
About 20 minutes later, multiple gunshots were fired two blocks east in the 1100 block of North St. Antoine Street, Mouton said. A victim in that shooting was found driving a white four-door car toward officers on the scene at the 700 block of West Gilman Road. He was taken to a hospital in critical condition.
Thirty minutes after that, and less then a mile north of the first two shootings, gunfire was reported near Dorsey Park at Carver and Foote streets, Mouton said. Although no injuries were reported, police found bullet holes in a vehicle in that area.
Four schools in close proximity to the shootings were placed on lockdown throughout the day as a precaution, confirmed Angela Morrison, director of community collaboration and partnerships with the Lafayette Parish School System.
Alice Boucher Elementary and the Truman Early Childhood Education Center were placed on lockdown twice for about 30 minutes following the morning shootings, which happened about a mile away. Myrtle Place Elementary and Lafayette Middle were also locked down for about 30 minutes following the Simcoe Street shooting, which happened about a half-mile from the schools.
“The students were informed there was danger in the area, but at all times, they were assured of their safety,” Morrison said.
Parents were notified of the lockdowns, which did not affect the schools’ release schedules at the end of the day, Morrison said.
Authorities have not yet been able to confirm whether Friday’s shootings were related to an overnight shooting Thursday in the 200 block of Happiness Street, in which a 31-year-old man was hospitalized after he was shot in both legs and once in the back, Mouton said.
The victim told police the shooter demanded money before opening fire.
“We’re definitely going to look at it and try to discover any connections,” Mouton said.
Broussard was arrested last month on counts of flight from an officer, aggravated flight from an officer, misdemeanor possession of marijuana and resisting an officer, according to Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office arrest reports.
Broussard pleaded guilty to negligent homicide in the 2010 shooting death of 18-year-old Joshua Kelly on Friendship Street, according to court records. He was sentenced to five years hard labor with credit for time served, although it’s unclear when he was released.
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