One person is dead and three others were injured in an early morning deadly shooting on Thursday on Tulip Street in Lake Charles, authorities said.
Lake Charles Police Department spokesman Lt. Richard Harrell said the incident happened at approximately at 3:37 a.m. in the 2000 block of Tulip Street. Officers found four individuals that were shot at the scene. One victim was pronounced dead at the scene and three were transported to hospitals in Lake Charles and Lafayette. Two of the victims received moderate injuries while a second victim sustained critical injuries.
The area has been cordoned off with yellow tape and a number of little yellow evidence markers on the ground, each one documenting some piece of evidence, some of which are shell casings.
Neighbors admitted that they're terrified to have four people shot on the street where they live.
The Alfred family who lives on Tulip Street said they knew the man who died and those injured. Tevin Alfred said the injured are a man and two women. He did not know the shooter.
Alfred arrived home just after it happened.
"From what I've heard from previous neighbors is the guy walked up, out of nowhere, and started shooting inside the car. One of the victims was laying on the ground and the other two fighting for their lives. I don't believe they caught the guy yet so, he ran, I heard, through one of my neighbor's yards," he said.
Alfred said he did not know the shooter but he believes there was more than one gun involved. He said he's frightened to see so much violence so close to his home
"This is not the first or the last time this happened, so, I mean, it's possible this could happen again," he said.
Alfred said he knew the four people shot, including the man who died.
"I was close to him. He was a dear friend. He stayed down the street and it's really sad to see him go like the way he did."
Alfred hopes to see more patrols in the neighborhood - and neighbors working together for the good of the neighborhood.
"I guess us looking out for each other like we used to be," he said.
Lake Charles Police Department Deputy Chief Mark Kraus said the department is committed to thoroughly investigating this case and providing answers to the public.
The investigation is ongoing and authorities are actively searching for a suspect.
The names of the victims have not been released yet.
Harrell asks anyone with information concerning the incident to call Det. Franklin Fondel at 337-491-1311 ext. 5311.
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