5 adults, 3 children shot in Shreveport residence

Woman and a 3-year-old boy listed in critical condition
Published: Jan. 22, 2023 at 3:44 PM CST|Updated: seconds ago
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) — Eight people — a man, four women ages 30-60 and three children — in a Shreveport residence were shot Sunday afternoon.

Two are in critical condition, including a 3-year-old boy who was shot in his chest and a woman who was shot in the eye. Also among the wounded are two girls ages 3 and 5.

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The shooting happened at 1:59 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22 in the 1600 block of Sugar Street in the city’s Martin Luther King Jr. neighborhood.

The victim passed away after being shot a few days prior.
Eight people, including three children, were wounded when someone fired upon a residence on...
Eight people, including three children, were wounded when someone fired upon a residence on Sugar Lane in Shreveport at 1:59 p.m. Jan. 22, 2023, authorities said.(Source: Bubba Kneipp/KSLA News 12)

Officers responded to the home following reports of a shooting. They found seven people inside suffering from gunshot injuries. All were taken to a local hospital for treatment.

A man later showed up at the hospital saying he was at the home at the time of the shooting. His injury was described as a very minor graze wound.

Investigators searched the neighborhood for surveillance footage and witnesses. Detectives later heard from witnesses that someone in a dark-colored SUV pulled up in front of the residence and fired at least 40 times into the home.

Although the investigation is still in the beginning stages, the initial information is that this incident is connected to an ongoing dispute between two groups of individuals.

Most of the bullets struck a bedroom and the living room, Police Chief Wayne Smith said.

The police chief also said it makes him extremely angry that anyone would try to hurt someone, but particularly that someone would recklessly fire into a home.

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“We are doing all that we can to get weapons off the streets and out of the hands of people who do things like that,” Smith said, referring to the mass shooting on Sugar Street, the mass shooting early Sunday morning in Baton Rouge and a recent mass shooting in California.

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KSLA News 12 has learned that a 1-year-old child also was in the home at the time of the shooting. Family members and police said the infant was not harmed.

Authorities urge anyone with any information about this shooting to call Shreveport police detectives at (318) 673-7300 or (318) 673-6955.

Or contact Caddo-Shreveport Crime Stoppers by calling (318) at 673-7373, using the organization’s website or using the P3 Tips app to provide information anonymously. Crime Stoppers will pay up to $2,000 for information that leads to the arrest of those responsible for this crime.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.