UPDATE 11/10/2020: Kenneth Wayne White, Jr., age 22, of Opelousas, LA., 70570, has been arrested on Principal to first degree murder. He was arrested by St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office.
According to Sheriff Bobby J. Guidroz, “An eyewitness stated that four juvenile males were walking on Lofton Street in the Opelousas area when a 17-year-old juvenile and an adult male began shooting for unknown reasons, on September 6, 2020.”
One of the four juveniles, which is 15 years-of-age, had a firearm in his possession and returned fire, striking the 17-year-old in the neck area. When questioned by detectives, the juvenile denied having the firearm and stated that he and his four friends were running down Lofton Street when shots were fired in their direction.
Upon further investigation, it was determined that the juvenile did have a firearm in the front waistband of his pants and was observed shooting at the 17-year-old and the adult male.
The 17-year-old juvenile did not survive the injuries sustained in this incident.
The 15-year-old is currently being held at the Lafayette Parish Juvenile Detention Home.
On behalf of Sheriff Bobby J. Guidroz, this is Deputy Chief Eddie Thibodeaux. All persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.