Assumptions schools placed on lockdown during search Wednesday for shooting witness

Five public schools in Assumption Parish were put under a lockdown for about a half-hour Wednesday after sheriff’s deputies learned a man possibly connected to an early morning shooting in Houma might have been driving in the area.

Assumption Parish Sheriff Mike Waguespack said the lockdown was ordered around 8:30 a.m. after Terrebonne Parish sheriff’s deputies reported a possible suspect was in the Napoleonville and Labadieville areas.

Waguespack said Assumption High, Napoleonville Elementary and Primary and Labadieville Elementary and Primary were locked down.

According to a news release from Terrebonne Parish Sheriff Jerry Larpenter, a 26-year-old man was shot in the head about 3 a.m. after two masked men forced their way into his apartment at 3601 Thomas Drive, Houma.

The men demanded money from the man’s girlfriend after the man was shot, Larpenter said. A young child also was in the home.

The assailants later fled.

Waguespack declined to say what information was provided on the other man’s whereabouts that would lead to the school lockdowns.

Waguespack said the lockdowns were lifted about 9 a.m. after neither the man nor his vehicle was found. Waguespack said Terrebonne sheriff’s deputies told his detectives that the man had left Assumption Parish.

Capt. Dawn Foret, Terrebonne sheriff’s assistant chief of detectives, said the man, whom she described as a person of interest or possible witness, was found later Wednesday. The two assailants suspects remained at large early Wednesday night, she said.

“We’re still continuing our investigation,” Foret said.

The man who was shot was taken to Terrebonne General Medical Center in Houma early Wednesday with a serious head injury and was later sent to an out-of-town hospital, Larpenter said. The man remained in critical condition Wednesday evening, Foret said.