WELSH, LA (KPLC) - Authorities increased patrols in the town of Welsh following a night of shootings, one of them fatal, and an arson of a home. Police believe the crimes which occurred Sunday night are all connected and the result of an ongoing feud that has divided a neighborhood.
It all started Sunday around 6 p.m. on Kennedy Street when someone fired shots into a crowd striking Tremaine Wildridge, 20, in the foot. The shooter fled on foot while Wildridge managed to make it to a nearby home, where he called for help. Wildridge was treated and released from a local hospital.
According to police two hours later another shooting left Denzel Lampkin, 20, dead. Lampkin was shot in the side and died while being taken to a local hospital.
Not long after the second shooting a home on North and Sarah Street went up in flames. It's the same home Wildridge sought help from earlier in the night. Police suspect the fire was intentionally set.
Meanwhile Lampkin's family and friends are still struggling with the news of his death.
"I am devastated. I just can't believe he's gone. He was a good guy," said Rita Wright, friend.
"I can't believe it. It's just crazy. It's unreal," said Vandrall Gray, Lampkin's cousin.
Gray said he thinks his cousin was in the wrong place at the wrong time.
"They keep saying he had faulting ways too. How could he be at fault when he didn't have a weapon on him? I don't understand talking about revenge. What is the revenge on? What did he have to revenge. Guilty speaks," said Gray.
Investigators continue to follow leads but at this time they don't have any suspects or persons of interest in the case. Gray said even if those answers come it won't bring back his cousin.
"It wasn't really a murder - it was an assassination. That's what it was. He didn't deserved to leave this earth like that. God calls people when he wants them. God didn't call him - a bullet called him," said Gray.
Investigators are also looking into whether Lampkin's murder is connected to two other murders within the last year.