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Police now linking 2 shooting of Leonard and Miyagi together

Kristin Leonard was shot in the parking lot of Element Fitness at 990 Quail Creek Rd. in Shreveport Kristin Leonard was shot in the parking lot of Element Fitness at 990 Quail Creek Rd. in Shreveport
Police surround Josh Miyagi's car near the intersection of Kings Hwy. & Barrett St., where he shot himself Police surround Josh Miyagi's car near the intersection of Kings Hwy. & Barrett St., where he shot himself

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA)- After an investigation, Shreveport Police say 31 year-old Josh Miyagi shot his ex-girlfriend, 29 year-old Kristin Leonard, several times before shooting himself.

The first shooting happened at Element Fitness at 990 Quail Creek Road in Shreveport. Witnesses told police that a man shot a woman in the parking lot several times, then drove off in his car.

When police arrived, they found Leonard with several gunshot wounds. Leonard was taken to LSU Hospital where she was later pronounced dead.

Moments later, Miyagi drove down Kings Hwy. to the intersection of Kings Hwy. and Barrett St., where police were able to surround his vehicle thanks to a description given by witnesses at the scene of the shooting.

According to police, as they approached the car, Miyagi took out a handgun and shot himself in the head. He was taken to LSU-Hospital where he died Thursday evening.

Detectives believe that Miyagi and Leonard had been involved in a relationship in the past. They also believe that Miyagi shot Leonard on Quail Creek Road and fled the scene before officers spotted him on Kings Highway where he shot himself.

Police were also able to obtain a search warrant for Miyagi's apartment at Quail Creek Apartments. After officers went inside, they seized firearms and located some materials that they believe may be explosive.

Shreveport Fire Department later confirmed that there were no explosive devices found, and residents have been allowed back into their apartments.

"This is truly a tragedy for all of those involved and we are deeply saddened for these families," says Shreveport Police Chief Willie Shaw. 

"An incident like this touches many lives and our detectives will be working to determine exactly how and why this happened. Public safety is always first and foremost in our minds and the mission to reduce illegal gun violence is my top priority."

Stay with KSLA and KSLA.com as we will bring you the very latest on this developing story.

 

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