LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - You've likely heard the expression only a parent would take a bullet for their child - according to witnesses that's what happened late Monday night in the 16-hundred block of Opelousas Street.
"The father more or less actually took the bullet for his kids - they were trying to runaway to safety to get help and the shots were fired and he actually got hit," said witness.
Although a handful of people saw what went down, no one would go on camera. However one woman tells 7 News it started out as an argument over a bicycle.
"There was an altercation between the kids that live there and some other kids or whatever and from there it escalated," said witness.
Lake Charles homicide investigators have their work cut out for them. One by one each person on scene gave their account of the argument that turned to deadly gunfire - helping generate a few leads for police.
According to witnesses one of the people involved in the fight left only to return a short time later with someone driving a black El Camino. That's when one person in the car fired a round of three shots fatally wounding the unidentified black male.
Witnesses say at least two people were in the car as it fled. The car again described as a black El Camino with expensive shiny rims - a distinctive vehicle they hope will make it easy to identify and bring the suspect or suspects to justice.
"The person that did this is still out there. The kids are shaken up they've lost their parent. I wish they do find who did this and ensure it won't happen again," said witness.
We'll of course bring you the latest updates on this case as they become available. Meanwhile anyone with information should call Lake Charles Police at 491-1311.