Lake Charles Police investigating fatal shooting on Anita Drive

Updated: Oct. 22, 2020 at 6:09 PM CDT
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LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) - Authorities are investigating a late-night shooting that has left one person dead, according to Lake Charles Police.

Lt. Jeff Keenum says officers responded to a 911 call in reference to a shooting in the area of Anita Drive and 6th Street around 11:02 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020.

On arrival, officers discovered one deceased victim with gunshot wounds.

Friends of the victim said the victim was a 16-year-old boy.

People who live in the area and wanted to remain anonymous for safety reasons heard the shooting and later learned the victim was someone they knew.

"I just woke up from a nap and I heard gunshots but I didn’t think nothing of it because it sounded like it was far - across like Highway 14 or something. But when I woke up I got the news that it was homeboy.”

Unfortunately, residents in the area said they’ve heard gunshots around the area before.

“If you ask me, they stay shooting around here, that’s why I didn’t think anything of it until I heard the news this morning.”

They have no idea what was the cause of the shooting.

"I mean this morning when I went to go after I heard the news, I walked up the street, I seen cop cars. It happened, like, there was nothing I can do about it.”

They’re just trying their best to reconcile with the loss of their friend.

"It’s heartbreaking, but you can’t blame nobody because everything happens for a reason.”

No further details have been released at this time.

The Lake Charles Police Department asks anyone with information regarding the shooting to contact them at 337-491-1311 and ask for Sgt. Hoover or email Sgt. Hoover at

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