Victims identified in Highland double homicide

Victims identified in Highland double homicide

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - Shreveport police are investigating a double homicide in the 200 block of Columbia Street in the Highland neighborhood.

Police say a family member discovered the bodies when she arrived shortly after 10 a.m. to check on a relative who had not shown up for work. When she went in, she found the bodies of a man and a woman who had been shot.

"The door was apparently unlocked and she entered the home and found two people," said Sgt. Bill Goodin with the Shreveport Police Department.

Both victims were declared dead at the scene. They have been identified as 57-year-old Stephen Bryant and 49-year-old Madonna Dean Wachter. Both are from Shreveport. Police say they were boyfriend and girlfriend.

"This is a very quiet neighborhood and we usually don't have anything go on here," said Cathey Carey, a neighbor.

One neighbor tells KSLA News 12 that she thought she heard gunshots Wednesday night but dismissed the noise as fireworks.

This marks Shreveport's first and second homicides for 2013.

As the investigation continues, authorities are urging anyone with any information about this crime to contact Caddo-Shreveport Crime Stoppers at (318) 673-7373 or Shreveport Police at (318) 673-6955.

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