CARENCRO — Investigators learned that “street justice” was behind a Monday morning shooting that injured two people at the Economy Inn in Carencro, officials said in a news release Wednesday.
Carencro police arrested Richard Devonte Smith Jr., 18, 100 block of Benton Street, Lafayette; and Malcolm Lamar Johnson, 21, 100 block of Vaucluse Drive, Lafayette, on one count each of attempted first-degree murder in connection with the shooting.
The shooting was in retaliation of an alleged drug deal that went bad days before in Lafayette, Carencro police said in the release.
During that incident, a group of men from Broussard and Lafayette stole and robbed one of the suspects of money and drugs.
Afterward, the two sides chased each other in vehicles, firing gunshots at one another, the release said.
Smith later found out the men were hiding at the Economy Inn, where Smith and Johnson both opened fire on them, injuring a man and a 14-year-old boy.
The man was shot in the abdomen and is in guarded condition at a Lafayette hospital, while the boy was shot in the face and is in stable condition at a New Orleans hospital, the release said.
No more arrests are expected, although the investigation is continuing, the release said.
Police seeking man, vehicle in carjacking
LAFAYETTE — Police are searching for a man in a Wednesday morning carjacking in the 300 block of General Mouton, according to a news release.
A woman told police that the man forced his way into her car through the driver’s side door. The woman struggled with the man and was able to escape through the passenger’s side, Lafayette police said in the news release.
The man is described as white, 5 feet, 10 inches tall, tanned, unshaven, with black hair and wearing a black T-shirt and khaki shorts, the release said.
The vehicle is a silver, four-door 2010 Honda Civic with Louisiana license plate number TTH886. The vehicle has minor damage to the front right side of the vehicle.
Anyone with information about the incident is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at (337) 232-TIPS.