LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) - Three people were transported to local medical facilities after a shooting on Prien Lake Road Friday night.
According to Lake Charles Police Department spokesman Sergeant Shaun Touchet, officers were called to the 400 block of W. Prien Lake Road at approximately 11:28 p.m. in reference to a shooting on Friday, April 2.
While police are not confirming the exact location, KPLC spoke to a manager of Fiery Crab who confirmed that a bullet from the shooting Friday went through their door.
Fiery Crab was closed at the time of the shooting, however, several employees were inside. The manager confirms no one was hurt.
Shameul Islam who lives in the area says he was out on his porch when he watched everything unfold.
“Literally, flash-bang from guns all over the place. Right after the light around Meek’s Lounge area and mass cops, ambulance. Next thing you know it was a shoot-out that’s all I seen.”
Islam says he heard many shots coming from that area.
“To be honest, I kinda lost count after the sixth or seventh one. So, yeah, quite a lot - quite a few gunshots.”
Michael Roussel, who lives on Hale Street also heard gunfire ring out.
“I was awakened by a series of very loud pops. It actually sounded like someone was using a nail gun nearby.”
Not knowing where it came from, he says he called a friend who also lived in the area.
“His stepson said that it was a series of gunshots. So, I asked him where he thought it’d happen at, and he had no idea. But he did go outdoors and looked up, and he said he saw a plane circling. Had a searchlight going, and I said where are they at, and he said, ‘Directly overhead.’”
Roussel estimates around 15 to 20 shots were fired.
Touchet says once on scene, officers learned that three victims had been shot. The three victims were then transported to local medical facilities.
The investigation is on-going, and further information will be released as we receive it.
The initial reporting officer was Sergeant Wilbert Ponthieux, and the lead investigators are Detective Sergean Dustin Fontenot and Detective Cpl. Chad Smith