Gunfire erupts outside a Louisiana Waffle House leaving two dead, suspect arrested

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Source: MEGA; Lafayette Parrish Sheriff

Jun. 29 2021, Published 8:32 p.m. ET

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Two people were shot and killed outside a Lafayette, Louisiana, Waffle House and a suspect has been charged in connection to their murders.

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Dejuan Clay, 23, surrendered to police on June 28 and was placed under arrest, KLFY reported.

Around 10:45 p.m. June 27, Lafayette police responded to shots fired in the parking lot of a Waffle House in the 1800 block of N. University Avenue, according to KATC.

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Brandon Arnold, 19, was found dead from gunshot wounds in the parking lot of the Waffle House, the station reported.

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Arnold worked at the restaurant, and police believe he was shot during a botched robbery, according to KATC. Police believe that Arnold was the target of the robbery, not the business.

Xavier Batiste, 19, was found inside a vehicle with multiple gunshot wounds, according to KATC. Batiste was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to KLFY.

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Police say an investigation has revealed that Batiste was inside the vehicle driven by Clay at the time of the incident, and they believe robbery was the motive for the homicides.

Clay is facing multiple charges, according to KLFY, including first-degree murder, obstruction of justice, armed robbery, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, prohibited acts and felon in possession of a gun.

Clay was transported to the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center, where he is currently being held.

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