DERIDDER, La. (KPLC) - Deputies investigating Wednesday’s shooting in DeRidder said they are no longer searching for the shooter.
Beauregard Parish Sheriff Mark Herford said that they believe all those involved with the shooting are in custody. Though arrest were made late Wednesday night, no one has been officially charged with the shooting. He said to expect to see more progress in this case on Friday.
Investigators have not released information of the names of those involved or what the motive may have been.
Three people were injured in a shooting that happened early Wednesday afternoon in the 100 block of Post Plant Road, according to Herford.
“At this time we believe this scene is contained,” said Herford Wednesday evening, hours after the incident. “We believe the situation is safe for the public.”
The Beauregard Sheriff’s Office and the DeRidder Police Department are working together on the investigation that is still considered an active case.
“We are in a joint operation with the Beauregard Sheriff’s Department and Sheriff Herford,” said DeRidder Police Chief Craig Richard. “Our detectives on both sides are working two different scenes, and we’re recovering evidence at this time and still conducting our investigations.”
Thursday afternoon, investigators continued to search a wooded area west of the train tracks that intersect Post Plant Road for more evidence.
Richard said that when Beauregard Sheriff’s deputies and DeRidder police officers arrived at the scene, they found two victims of the shooting. A third had already been taken to a local hospital.
One victim was transported to a Lake Charles hospital and another to an Alexandria hospital, Herford said. One of the victims sustained potentially life-threatening injuries. Herford said all three victims have since been released from the hospital.
Herford said a school in the vicinity was placed on lockdown, but that there was never a threat to the school.
The Beauregard Parish School Board confirmed that safety measure were taken by the two schools nearby: Beauregard Alternative School and Craver Elementary.