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Arrest made in Lake Charles Walmart shooting on Gerstner Memorial… Detectives Ask Public For Help

The Walmart SuperCenter is located at 3415 Gerstner Memorial Blvd.

A Lake Charles man has been arrested in connection to a Friday night shooting at the Walmart on Gerstner Memorial Boulevard.

Lake Charles Police Deputy Chief Franklin Fondel said 19-year-old Cotrellis Laquincy Henry was located in the 600 block of South Railroad Avenue in Opelousas on Saturday. He said U.S. marshals and members of the LCPD SWAT team took him into custody without incident.

He was transported to the Calcasieu Parish Correctional Center where he remains in custody.

Henry is charged with one count of aggravated second-degree battery and one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Judge Tony Fazzio set bond for $195,000.

Fondel said when officers arrived at the store at about 6:30 p.m. on Friday, they discovered one victim suffering from a gunshot wound. He was transported to a local hospital for treatment and has since been released. He said witnesses said the victim and Henry got into a verbal argument inside the store before making their way out into the parking lot.

The altercation escalated, becoming physical, before the shooting occurred, Fondel said. He said Henry fled the scene on foot after the shooting, leaving behind the vehicle he used to travel to the store.

Fondel said the victim is an employee of the store.

This is an ongoing investigation. Sgt. Ben Randolph and Sgt. Larry Newingham are the lead investigators on this case. Anyone with any additional information is asked to contact these detectives by calling 337-491-1311.

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