A devastating overnight incident on South General Marshall Street has taken a heart-wrenching turn, as the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office has confirmed the death of one of the victims - a child - who was shot during the incident.

The shooting, which occurred at 2:14 a.m., left two Lafayette police officers seriously injured, and three other individuals, including an adult female and two children, wounded.

The harrowing events unfolded when officers responded to calls reporting a fight in the 100 block of S. General Marshall Street, as per a Lafayette Police Department news release. As they arrived at the scene, they encountered a chaotic situation that quickly escalated into gunfire.

According to a statement from the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office, the officers faced a suspect who aggressively opened fire on them. Despite their best efforts to protect themselves, two uniformed LPD officers were struck by gunshots. In response, a third Lafayette police officer returned fire in an attempt to neutralize the threat.

Amidst the exchange of gunfire, an adult female and two children were caught in the crossfire and suffered serious injuries. The victims were rushed to the hospital for immediate medical attention, where they fought for their lives. Tragically, one of the children succumbed to their injuries, marking a heartbreaking loss in the community.

The suspect responsible for the shooting also sustained injuries during the confrontation and is currently receiving medical treatment at a local hospital under police detention. The identities of all involved parties have not been released pending further investigation.

The news initially sent shockwaves through the community as the injured officers were listed in critical condition. However, the latest update from the Lafayette Police Department states that both officers' conditions have been upgraded to "stable." Multiple law enforcement agencies around Acadiana have voiced their support for LPD and the victims over the shooting incident.

As the community reacts to the devastating impact of this incident, investigators are urging anyone with information about the shooting to come forward. The Lafayette Police Department and Lafayette Crime Stoppers are actively seeking tips and leads that may help shed light on the circumstances leading to this tragic event.

As authorities continue their thorough investigation, the thoughts and prayers of the community are with the victims and their families during this difficult time.

This is a developing story, and further updates will be provided as new information emerges.

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