Arrest made in fatal Church Street shooting

Church St. Homicide Arrest

LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) - Authorities say an arrest has been made following a fatal shooting on Church Street Saturday.

Charles Richard says he heard the gunshots that took the life of 27-year-old Quentin Coleman.

“He never was a violent person to me," said Richard. "I know he was going through some issues, but I ain’t never think that somebody would do that to him.”

Officers found the victim, Quentin Coleman, 27, of Lake Charles, shot when they arrived in the 2700 block of Church Street around 2 p.m. Saturday.

Coleman later succumbed to the injuries.

A short time later, Donta Robinson, 27, of Lake Charles, was arrested at his residence on one count of second-degree murder, according to Lt. Jeff Keenum. He is being held on $1 million bond.

Although it's still unclear what led to the shooting, residents in the neighborhood say the area has changed over the years.

“I’ve been in my home like 45 years and the way it makes me feel is like 'you know, you’re not safe nowhere, with everything else going on in this country," said Richard.

Richard knew the victim and made the call to the police when he saw what happened.

“If they can get away with it one time, trust me they’re going to do it again. Next time it might be in your family.”

He hopes this latest incident will serve as an example for all young people, to think about the consequences before pulling the trigger.

“Kids need to know how much pain, whether you the one doing the shooting or the one that gets matter what color they are..take the good in your life and just leave the bad,” said Richard.

The Lake Charles Police Department has investigated over 100 shootings and 13 homicides in 2019.

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