St. Landry

Feb 28, 2014 6:56 PM

HEARTBREAKING NEWS: 5-year-old shooting victim brain dead

Opelousas Shooting Update: The parents of the five-year-old boy shot Thursday night tell KATC the child is brain dead. They will soon make the decision on whether they will keep him on life support.

The boy, in his own front yard shortly after arriving home from school, suffered a gunshot wound from a weapon placed, at what Opelousas Police Chief Perry Gallow has described, as "point-blank range" of the boy's head.

Current evidence points to the contention that only the five-year-old and his seven-year-old brother were present in the yard when the shot was fired, the chief had told KATC.

Currently a 16-year-old boy is in custody on charge that he actually brought the weapon, confirmed by police to been used in the shooting, to the home on Martin Luther King, Jr., Dr. in Opelousas.

According to Chief Perry Gallow, the teen had "made a few phone calls a block away from his mother's home on Cherry St. at the time the shot was fired" and was "eliminated as a suspect at this time"because of his alibi.

Chief Gallow also said he has eliminated the possibility that the shooting was a drive-by.

"The gun was placed against the head of the child. It was not a stray bullet, not a bullet from a vehicle at any distance," said the chief.

Gallow expressed empathy for the traumatic experience suffered by the boys' parents.

"Those parents are going through a great deal," the chief said. The chief said that his department is attempting to determine if the 7-year-old may have been involved in the incident.

If anyone happened to be in the area at the time of the shooting and saw anything, you are asked to call Opelousas Police.


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