Shootout erupts with cop after Webbie's Lafayette performance

August 10, 2021 - 11:00 AM

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — A man was killed and a woman was wounded in gunfire outside a Louisiana nightclub — and it’s not clear whether it was during a parking lot shootout or when people shot at a moonlighting city officer and he fired back, Louisiana State Police said.

“There were several parties shooting at each other across the parking lot,” State Trooper Thomas Gossen told The Advocate on Sunday. “There was an active shooting going on before the officer basically engaged them. The whole parking lot is a crime scene.”

Investigators still did not know on Monday whose bullets hit the man and woman, Gossen said in an email. The man was identified as Dashawn Batiste, 22, of Breaux Bridge.

The parking lot outside The District in Lafayette was crowded with fans of the Baton Rouge rapper Webbie — Webster Gradney Jr. — who had just performed there, when shooting erupted about 2 a.m. Sunday, news agencies reported.

The Lafayette Police Department officer, who was working concert security, was fired at as he approached one of the groups believed to have been part of that shootout, Gossen said in a news release. The officer, who was not injured, fired back.

“It’s almost like one big incident,” Gossen told the newspaper. “They started shooting each other first, and he approaches a group of people he thought were shooting and then bullets start flying at him. That’s when he starts shooting and then everything just continued to spiral.”

The news release did not identify the man, woman or officer.

As is standard protocol, the officer is on paid administrative leave during an internal investigation, The Advertiser reported.


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