Victim fatally shot in front of family in Winnsboro

FRANKLIN PARISH, La. (KNOE) - Family and friends are struggling to understand why anyone would kill Quintail Credit also known as "Duck" from Winnsboro.

The Franklin Parish Sheriff's Office said Charles Kennell III from New Orleans is facing several charges, including second-degree murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

He also has a long rap sheet that dates back to 2015.

"For some reason, he was here. Someone asked me what the motive is. I have no idea. Again, there's no motive great enough for this type of violence to occur in our streets or in our communities," Sheriff Kevin Cobb said.

Credit's uncle, Mathis Credit Jr., said he was over by his house as usual. Around 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Credit stepped out of the house to speak with his dad.

"Then I heard, pop pop pop pop pop pop pop pop pop... Then, I ran to the door, and he said, 'Duck just got shot,'" Credit Jr. said.

That's when Credit Jr. and the victim's dad ran after the suspect, Kennell III.

"It's not safe now. Anytime someone just walks in your yard and shot somebody and stood over him and shot him eight more times as he was laying down. It just mess me up in the head," Credit Jr. said.

Sheriff Cobb said Credit and Kennell III apparently exchanged words just before the shooting.

"As I ran to him, I saw my nephew laying on the ground in my backyard," Credit Jr. said.

Cobb is calling all this senseless.

"I know the individual personally. I know his family, so my heart certainly goes out to his extended family and everything they're going through right now," Cobb said.

Credit's family said the father of four was a man who could make you laugh and is already missed.

"You know, he was a good kid," his uncle said.

The sheriff said Credit is the Winnsboro police chief's stepson.

He also said witnesses were helpful in locating the suspect and was thankful for their cooperation.