Arrest made over gunfight that sent 2 men to hospital

Police think at least 7 or 8 men were in the two groups involved in the initial fight

2 vehicles get into a rolling gun battle hours after a street fight turns into a gunfight

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - Police have made an arrest in connection with a gunfight in the middle of a street in the city’s Shreve Island neighborhood that sent two men to the hospital, one in life-threatening condition.

Casey Cawthorne, 19, of Shreveport, was arrested at 1:31 p.m. Wednesday then booked into Shreveport City Jail at 5:31 p.m. on a charge of attempted second-degree murder, booking records show.

Officers got a call about a disturbance or fight at East Southfield Road at River Road.

“When we got here, we discovered we had two individuals lying in the roadway, both suffering from gunshot wounds,” police Cpl. Angie Willhite said.

Two people were wounded when a fight erupted into gunfire in the area of East Southfield Road at River Road in Shreveport the afternoon of Oct. 10, police say.
Two people were wounded when a fight erupted into gunfire in the area of East Southfield Road at River Road in Shreveport the afternoon of Oct. 10, police say. (Source: Bubba Kneipp/KSLA News 12)

Preliminary investigation suggests that the confrontation began with two groups of men getting into a fight, Willhite said.

Police think at least seven or eight were involved.

“At some point, two of those men began fighting each other armed with handguns. They first beat each other with the handguns then began shooting each other with those handguns.”

Willhite said multiple shots, possibly close to 10, were fired.

Both men were wounded in the upper body.

They have since been taken to Ochsner LSU Health in Shreveport for treatment.

One of the two was considered to be in life-threatening condition.

The others involved in the initial fight fled, Willhite said.

Authorities have received no reports and investigators have found no evidence of any vehicles or buildings being struck by the gunfire.

None of the public schools in the area is on lockdown or shelter in place, Caddo public schools spokeswoman Mary Wood said.

Officers at the schools are in constant contact with Shreveport police and authorities have not advised that the schools take any such action, she added.

St. Joseph Catholic, a private school in the 1200 block of Anniston Avenue, was on lockdown but no longer is on lockdown, a spokeswoman confirmed.

She would not say how long the lockdown was in place; nor would she comment on why the action was taken.

The school communicated directly to students' parents via text.

Police still have a dozen units at and around the scene of the shooting, down from 14 earlier.

This is a developing situation. Stay with KSLA News 12 for updates.

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