The four people shot in the 2000 block of Tulip Street on April 6 were innocent victims caught up in someone else's quarrel, Lake Charles Police Chief Don Dixon said.
The shooters' intended target was not in the vehicle that was shot up in the early morning altercation that left 22-year-old Cody Lastrapes dead.
JKristopher Demond Scott, 19, is charged with one count of second-degree murder with a bond set at $750,000. He is also charged with three counts of attempted second-degree murder with another bond sent at $250,000.
A 16-year-old juvenile is also charged with second-degree murder in Lastrapes' death. District Attorney John DeRosier said the 16-year-old will be charged as an adult.
Dixon said the altercation began on Rose Street when Scott and the juvenile quarreled with Deon Tobias Demorulle, 19.
Scott and the 16-year-old believed Demorulle was in the vehicle when they started firing. Demorulle, who, although not in the vehicle, was in the 2000 block of Tulip Street, came out and engaged in a gun battle with the pair.
"We had 79 shell casings in the street," Dixon said. "This is not Baghdad, this is Lake Charles. This is not supposed to happen here."
Demorulle is charged with two counts of illegal use of weapons, with bond set at $150,000. He is also charged with one count of obstruction of justice and tampering with evidence. Bond is set at $75,000 on that charge.
When police arrived, Lastrapes was found deceased on the side of the car, another man was found shot outside of the car, a female was shot inside the car and another woman was found shot inside the house.
"Anybody that would shoot into a car is a coward, a thug, a punk," Dixon said.
All three suffered "serious wounds" and remain hospitalized, Dixon said.
"So basically, we had four innocent victims," Dixon said.
Three guns were recovered, but another two are still missing, Dixon said.
Demorulle was arrested April 6 and Scott was arrested April 7 during a traffic stop.
The 16-year-old was wanted on a juvenile probation violation - Dixon said the juvenile had removed his ankle bracelet.
"If you're gong to play big boy games and use big boy guns, we're going to put you in a penitentiary for the rest of your life if that's what it takes to stop this kind of conduct," Calcasieu District Attorney John DeRosier said.
A GoFundMe account has been set up by Lastrapes' family to help pay for funeral expenses.
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