J'vonte Melik Sterling

A Ville Platte teen is accused of homicide in the fatal shooting of a 23-year-old man.

Lake Charles Police were called to 2358 Legion St. on Sunday morning in reference to a shooting, according to Capt. Kevin Kirkum of the Ville Platte Police Department. Upon arrival, officers found Eddie Hardman in the parking lot of Apartment J, injured from a gunshot wound. Hardman was taken to a local hospital where he later died from his injury.

Detectives' investigation into the shooting has led to the arrest of 17-year-old J'vonte Melik Sterling.

Through their investigation, detectives learned that an altercation between several parties started and Sterling, who was not part of the initial altercation, produced a handgun and shot Hardman. Sterling left the scene on foot, but was shortly located by patrol officers near where the shooting occurred.

Sterling was arrested. A bond was set at $1,000,000.

The investigation is still ongoing.