Lafayette- On May 7, 2019 at approximately 11:16 pm Lafayette Police responded to shots fired in the 500 block of Edison St. at a local park. Officers located one victim suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he later succumbed to his injury.
The victim has been identified as 54-year-old Michael Thomas (B/M) of Lafayette. The investigation revealed the suspects as 13-year-old juvenile (B/M) and a 16-year-old juvenile (B/M). Both were located at their residence following the shooting and placed under arrest for 2nd Degree Murder. They were both booked into the Lafayette Juvenile Detention Center. Additional charges for the 13-year-old male include Possession of a Stolen Firearm, Possession of a firearm by a Juvenile and Possession of a Firearm with an Obliterated Serial Number. The 16-year-old male additional charges included Possession of Schedule II and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
In recent months, the 13-year old juvenile suspect was detained by Lafayette Police officer’s in reference to several curfew violations within the city limits. Additional charges as it pertains to the violation of a status offense law will be forwarded to the District Attorney’s Office for review against the custodian responsible for the juvenile. The investigation remains ongoing.