Thursday morning shooting in Franklin ruled an Apparent Murder Suicide

According to the Franklin Police Chief Tina Thibodeaux, on this morning (July 5, 2018), at approximately 11:44 AM, the Franklin Police Department received a complaint of a shooting that occurred in the area of West Ibert Street. When officers arrived, they discovered one deceased male with a gunshot wound and one female victim with two gunshot wounds. The male subject was identified as 30 year old Kenneth Smith Jr.,  and the female victim identified as 36 year old April Charles. Charles was transported by Acadian Ambulance to a local hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries.

With the assistance of the Franklin Fire Department and the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office an investigation was conducted. Through the investigation, it was discovered that Smith shot the victim before shooting himself.

The investigation is on-going.