Woman shot down in Thanksgiving shooting outside Walmart

A woman has been injured in a shooting on Thanksgiving night during an exchange of custody in Louisiana, police said.

Opelousa police said the woman was injured just after noon. 17 in a Walmart parking lot on Nov. 25, KLFY reported.

Police Chief Martin McLendon told the news media that the wounded female victim was the aunt of the child who was not injured during the shooting.

The suspect, 22-year-old Jordan Sereal, is said to have shot the woman during the custody exchange before fleeing the scene with another woman in a car.
The couple was seen heading south on I-49 toward Lafayette.

The suspect was later located by Lafayette police along with the female partner. The couple is awaiting a transfer back to Opelousas to be charged.

The woman was shot in the upper body. She was taken to a nearby hospital where her condition is listed as stable, McLendon said.

Police said Walmart was closed at the time of the shooting and that there was no danger to the wider community, KATC reported.

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(File photo) An image of the Walmart sign photographed March 16, 2020 in East Setauket, New York. A woman has been shot at an Opelousas Walmart during an exchange of custody.
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Elsewhere, Opelousa police have arrested the father of a 4-year-old girl suspected of killing her.

Joseph C. Mayon Jr., 36, was arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder and second-degree cruelty to teens after his daughter was found insensitive in her bedroom over the weekend.

The young girl was identified as Raina Richard, KLFY reported. Her death was investigated as a homicide following the results of her autopsy.

Neighbors have described their shock after hearing about the 4-year-old’s death.

“It was a tragedy as it happened,” Albert Denton, a neighbor, told KLFY. “We wanted to see the kid out here play a lot. She never bothered anyone. Stay for yourself as we know it.”

“We lost a child and we know how it feels,” Denton added.

Neighbor Monica Jones said she remembers the 4-year-old being a happy child who waved to her and talked to her often,

“It would be weird not to see her come right there and make the little wave. It was like she was like an angel before because she was constantly just waving to me,” Jones said.

Mayon Jr. is currently detained in St. Louis. Landry Parish jailed after being charged in connection with his daughter’s death.

“Opelousa’s police department is offering its deepest condolences to the family and will ask the community to keep them in their prayers through this difficult time,” Chief McLendon said in a statement to KLFY.

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