An 18-year-old man shot and killed Wednesday night at the Grand Pointe Apartments on Kaliste Saloom Road has been identified as Christian Roper, according to Lafayette Police.
Lafayette Police received a shots-fired call around 10 p.m., and when officers arrived at the apartments they found a man in the parking lot with multiple gunshot wounds, Lafayette Police spokeswoman Cpl. Bridgette Dugas said.
Roper was pronounced dead on the scene.
There are no suspects in custody and the investigation is ongoing, Dugas said.
It was the third shooting and the second homicide in Lafayette Parish in less than a week.
Julia Coreil, a sales assistant for The Acadiana Advocate, lives in the apartment complex where the shooting occurred and said her brothers heard the gunshots.
Coreil said at about 10 p.m. she could see a police car and crime scene tape cordoning off the parking lot area across from her third-floor apartment. By 11:15 p.m., she said the police perimeter had widened and police cars were shielding the victim and the area where he was found from the public.
Neighbors gathered at the police line in disbelief. One young woman stood near the tape and sobbed, saying the deceased might be her friend, she said.
“No, it can’t be him. It can’t be him,” Coreil said she heard the woman say.
A student at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Coreil, 20, said she has never felt unsafe in the apartment complex and she was stunned the perpetrator was brazen enough to shoot the victim in such a highly populated area.
When she drove past the scene Thursday morning, Coreil said the area where the man’s body was found bore few traces of the tragedy that happened there.
“It was really unnerving because the next morning it was like nothing ever happened,” she said.
Coreil said management recently installed new surveillance cameras on the complex grounds. It’s uncertain if security cameras were located in the area where the shooting happened, but security cameras were visible at the complex’s entrance gates Thursday morning.
Office workers at the Grand Pointe complex said management is declining to comment at this time.
On Saturday, police found the body of 25-year-old Pernell Boudreaux near a construction site in the 300 block of Lebesque Road.
His body was found only yards from the home Boudreaux shared with his mother and other family members in the Country Pine Mobile Estates mobile home park.
Two men were arrested in his slaying. On Wednesday, 23-year-old Maximilian Trautmann was arrested and booked on a charge of second-degree murder. Sean Perroncel, 32, was arrested on a charge of accessory after the fact to second-degree murder.
Two men were arrested Wednesday on charges related to the weekend shooting death of 25-year-old Pernell Boudreaux, the Lafayette Parish Sherif…
On Tuesday night, a 22-year-old man was shot in Graham Brown Memorial Park on East Pont des Mouton Road in front of the park's recreation building. The shooting happened while an anti-gun violence event was taking place in another area of the park.
The victim in that shooting has not been identified, and police have not identified any suspects.