Official: Home at center of Welsh unrest intentionally burned - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Official: Home at center of Welsh unrest intentionally burned

WELSH, LA (KPLC) -

WELSH — A home here at the center of recent unrest that saw one man killed and another wounded was intentionally set on fire, officials say.

A fire at a dwelling at North and Sarah streets, where the wounded man, Tremaine Wildridge, 20, sought refuge Jan 30, has been ruled an arson by the state fire marshal.

Wildridge was shot in the foot around 6 p.m. that day when someone fired  into a crowd on Kennedy Street. He was treated at a local hospital and released.

A few hours later, Denzel Lampkin, also 20, was shot and killed. He was a passenger in a car when he was shot in the side. He died later at a hospital.

Not long after the second shooting, fire broke out at the home. Police suspected then that the fire was intentionally set.

Authorities increased patrols in the town after the shootings.  Police believe the unrest is connected to what is being called an ongoing feud between rival factions that has divided a neighborhood.

As police search for the arsonist, Welsh residents are gathering, seeking reconciliation. A local church congregation held a vigil recently to pray for an end to the violence.

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