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The Opelousas Police Department is searching for an unknown suspect after a man was shot near West Grolee Street and Sapphire Street.

The shooting happened around 6 p.m. Monday. Officers responded to a shots fired call and discovered one man and at least one occupied residence were struck by gunfire. The victim was shot in the lower leg and attempted to flee in a vehicle, but crashed into a tree while being fired upon, Opelousas Police spokesperson Major Mark Guidry said in a statement.

The victim was treated at a local hospital and was released shortly after.

Opelousas Police urge anyone with information related to the shooting to contact the Opelousas Police Department at 337-948-2500 or

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