OPELOUSAS, LA (WAFB) - The St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office is investigating an abduction that led to a shooting on Thanksgiving Day.
Just after 9 a.m., hospital staff notified the Sheriff's Office they were treating a woman who had been shot while she was trying to escape from two men.
According to reports from the sheriff's office, the woman left her home on Laurent St. and decided to walk to a nearby convenience store. On the way, two men in a vehicle stopped and offered her a ride. She told deputies she thought the men were just being helpful.
The woman got in the backseat of the vehicle, as the two men were in the front seat. She thought because it was Thanksgiving morning and in her own neighborhood, she was safe.
Once in the vehicle, the woman told detectives the man in the front passenger seat turned around and pointed a handgun at her. She tried to open the car door, but it would not open. The man with the gun hit her across her face and told her to be quiet. Then men then drove her to a secluded area outside the city and began to attack her and pull at her clothes, according to reports.
The woman managed to fight her way loose and run down the road. She heard gunshots and felt the pain as a bullet hit her. She stayed still until she heard the car speed away. The woman was able to get help from a passing motorist.
Sheriff Bobby J. Guidroz stated "Our detectives will get to the bottom of this attack. To think that something like this could happen on Thanksgiving morning is shocking. We have gathered physical evidence and the investigation is moving forward. The men that did this will be brought to justice."