And the suspect in a Lundi Gras killing of a woman is in jail, charged with second-degree murder.
Tuesday about 7:30 a.m. police received a report of a shooting at 360 Fruge St., which is located east of Martin Luther King drive and north of the Union Pacific tracks.
Responding officers discovered a woman shot once in mid-chest.
Shantell Williams, 33, died at the scene shortly afterwards.
A search immediately began for a vehicle described by neighborhood residents as a gray Dodge Stratus. A similar vehicle was quickly located nearby but was not the car in question.
In Monday night’s killing, investigators didn’t go far to find their suspect.
Gerald Bellard, 53, was arrested at his Goose Street residence, perhaps 200 yards from the Prairie Street house where Delores Wilkes, 52, was beaten to death.
Police received a call about 8 p.m. that a woman had been beaten. They found her dead, her neck broken.
Records indicate Wilkes and Bellard had been drinking together, as they apparently often did, when for some reason she slapped him, and he struck back, allegedly repeatedly. When finished, he walked home.
Both victims had misdemeanor arrest records in Eunice, as does Bellard.