LPD investigates 2nd shooting this week

Police respond to a shooting on S. Eighth Street in Lafayette on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014. (WLFI Photo)
Police respond to a shooting on S. Eighth Street in Lafayette on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014. (WLFI Photo)

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – An arrest has been made in Wednesday morning’s shooting in Lafayette. This is the second shooting in less than a week in Lafayette.

Just before 6 a.m. Wednesday, a call police have heard before came in – a report of gun shots on the 100 block of S. Eighth Street in Lafayette.

“We arrived and found one subject with a wound to his upper right chest,” said Lafayette Police Lt. Tom Davidson

Colbyn Eylens, 18,  was taken to Saint Elizabeth East Hospital and is in stable condition. Police spent the day interviewing the victim and witnesses. The interviews resulted in the arrest of a 17-year-old male.

He faces preliminary charges of criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon, false informing and two counts of theft.

“What I would suggest is that it appears to be a targeted event and not some random act,” said Davidson

The same can be said for a Sunday shooting in Lafayette.

Preston O’Connor, 29, was found shot on Parkway Court early Sunday morning. He was taken to the hospital in critical condition.

Lafayette Police Chief Patrick Flannelly says the case has been forwarded to the prosecutor’s office. No suspect has been named.

“Anytime we have acts of violence where firearms are used it’s of great concern to us. Whether it’s once a year or whether it’s 10 times a year,” Flannelly said.

Flannelly says the Lafayette Police Department is not unfamiliar with two shootings in less than a week, but it is uncommon.

He says national statistics show Lafayette is a safe community and that statistics also show avoiding certain things can help you from becoming victim of a violent crime.

“Unless you’re directly involved in the use of drugs, the selling of drugs or hanging with people who are, then the chances of you being a victim of violent crime in our area are minute,” said Flannelly.

If you have any information on either of these cases call the WeTip Hotline at 800-78-Crime.

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