Helicopter, gas line hit with bullets

By Chris Rosa

Two bullets from different guns caused damage to a helicopter and an apartment complex in Abbeville.

Monday afternoon the Abbeville Police Department responded to a gun shot fired at the Live Oak Manor Apartments on Martin Luther King Drive.

The gun shot came from a vehicle that was on Martin Luther King Drive and the person inside the vehicle that fired the gun shot at someone who drove into Live Oak Manor Apartments.

The bullet hit the iron fence that surrounds the apartments and bounced off and flew and struck a gas regulator next to the apartments. The bullet penetrated the aluminum shell of the regulator, causing the flow of gas to the apartments to be shut off.

On one of the coldest nights of the year, 72 units were without gas for five hours. The regulator was replaced by CenterPoint by 8 p.m.

Rev. Charles Hill, who is the manager of the apartment, was grateful the bullet did not cause a fire or strike a resident.

“It could have been a lot worse,” Rev. Hill said.

He said the residents were angry because the shooting occurred around 3:30 p.m. which is when children are getting off the school bus. Rev. Hill said no one who lives in the complex was involved in the shooting.

Bethal Capterville, the president of Live Oak Manor, drove from Baton Rouge to Abbeville on Tuesday to learn more about the shooting.

“This should not exist at Live Oak Manor,” Capterville said. “Thank God it hit a line and not a person.”

The Abbeville Police Department is investigating the shooting, according to Chief Rick Coleman. He said they do have a suspect in mind.

Helicopter shot

Tuesday morning the Abbeville police were called to the Chris Crusta Airport after someone discovered a bullet hole on the side of a helicopter.

According to Coleman, when someone was fueling the helicopter, the gun shot was discovered. The fuel escaped from a small bullet hole during fueling.

Coleman said the bullet came from a 45 caliber pistol. The police were able to locate the bullet in the helicopter.

What the police do not know is if the bullet was fired at the helicopter while it sat on the ground or if it was flying, Coleman said.

Coleman said the helicopter could have been hit while in the air if the fuel was low.

He also said someone could have sat in their vehicle along the road and fired at the helicopter.

“This is why a fence is needed,” Coleman said.

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