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No one talking weeks after targeted LaPlace gunfire

LAPLACE — The code of street silence has effectively halted investigation into a July shooting that left a man wounded during a daylight LaPlace shooting in full view of children, police said.

According to the St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office, a man and woman were in a vehicle near a 1300-block Cambridge Drive home when two male gunmen ran up to the vehicle’s rear, shooting the adult male occupant multiple times.

The victim was taken to a New Orleans hospital for his injuries and released a week after the shooting.

Police said there were children present during the shooting, which took place at 6 p.m. July 18; however, authorities did not release where the children were or if they had a relation to the victim.

A motive is unknown.

Sheriff Mike Tregre said the victim is consistently telling detectives he does not know why anybody would want to harm him.

“He could not identify anybody and could not help us at all,” Tregre said. “We’ve canvassed, talked and have done everything we can do. Investigators believe people don’t randomly get picked out to be shot at multiple times, but (the victim) doesn’t know anything at all.”

Anyone with information about the shooting is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office Tips Line at 985-359-TIPS, Criminal Investigations at 985-359-8773, Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111 or submit a crime tip at stjohnsheriff.org/forms/forms/crime-tips.