A 20-year-old Opelousas man was arrested by the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office in connection with three drive-by shootings.
Dequavious Travon Johnson on Friday was charged with five counts of attempted first-degree murder and five counts of assault by drive-by shooting.
On June 23, Opelousas Police officers responded to a shooting where one person, who was later identified as Johnson’s cousin, was taken to a hospital.
Two days later, the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office responded just after 1 a.m. to Morrow to a drive-by shooting. Five people were inside the two shot at trailer homes, according to the sheriff’s office. Deputies found 25 rifle casings and four .40-caliber casings.
Bunkie Police officers also were investigating a drive-by shooting at about the same time. Investigators thought the two shootings were connected because of evidence found at both scenes.
That evening, another drive-by shooting was reported in Opelousas. Investigators found nine rifle casings, three 9mm-caliber casings and 18 .40-caliber casings.
Investigators with the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office, Bunkie Police Department, Opelousas Police Department and ATF were able to place Johnson at all the shootings, according to the sheriff’s office. Johnson owned a firearm that used ammo found at all three shootings.
Deputies think the shootings in Morrow and Bunkie were in retaliation to the shooting in Opelousas where Johnson’s cousin was shot.
When Johnson was arrested, he had multiple magazines and ammunition that were used in all of the shootings, according to the sheriff’s office.
Johnson’s bond has been set at $625,000.
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