Two shootings in Jeff Davis - are the two related? - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Two shootings in Jeff Davis - are the two related?

By Crystal Price - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Two shootings in Jeff Davis Parish Thursday evening have deputy officials questioning whether or not the two are related.

The Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff's Department responded to a call around 11 p.m. Thursday night on Louisiana Highway 1126 just south of Roanoke.

Sheriff Ricky Edwards says deputies found Kenneth Harmon dead under a pickup truck in the ditch. 

"When we looked at the body, the damage didn't appear to be severe enough to have caused a fatality," says Edwards.

Later the Calcasieu Forensic Lab found a small caliber bullet hole in Harmon's body.

Edwards says passerbys said they saw no one else on the scene other than

"It looks like he might have either fallen out or got out of the truck," says Edwards.

And the shootings for the night don't stop there.

The Jennings Police Department is investigating another shooting that happened around 10:30 p.m. on Peterson Street in Jennings.

Sgt. Jean Cooley of Jennings Police says a young male in his mid-twenties was hit by bullet while walking home.

The victim has been treated and released at a local hospital.

Now officials are investigating pieces from both cases to possibly link the two together.

"We did take the victim's clothing along with DNA swabs to see if the two cases may go together," says Cooley.

While officials investigate the case, residents wait patiently for answers.

"This is maybe the fourth killing now within a two mile radius of where I live," says Lottie Touchet, a resident of Jeff Davis Parish. "Whether you live in the country or you live in town, it's very dangerous and you better watch your back."

Autopsy results are still pending for Kenneth Harmon.

Until then both the Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff's Department and Jennings Police Department will continue working with each other on the investigations.

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