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Victim's family: shooting could have been prevented

25-year-old Marcus Mathis, seen with his daughter and her mother, is recovering at LSU Hospital with a gunshot wound to the back. 25-year-old Marcus Mathis, seen with his daughter and her mother, is recovering at LSU Hospital with a gunshot wound to the back.
Brandon Lee, Jakari Lee, and Tavonte Polk all face numerous felony charges including attempted second murder. Brandon Lee, Jakari Lee, and Tavonte Polk all face numerous felony charges including attempted second murder.
Following the shooting on Egan Street, the men got back into their black Ford Crown Victoria and sped away. Following the shooting on Egan Street, the men got back into their black Ford Crown Victoria and sped away.
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

The family of the man shot Thursday outside his home on Egan St. says the whole thing could have been prevented.

25-year-old Marcus Mathis is recovering at LSU Hospital with a gunshot wound to the back.

"I really like I tell everybody, I really can't explain how I feel because that's my daughter's father." Said Nastassia Taylor, the mother of Mathis' daughter.

On Friday, Mathis told KSLA News 12 his first hand account of what happened. He said two men jumped out of a black car and started shooting at him. He started to run away when he suddenly felt a sharp pain, reached to his back, and saw blood. That's when he says he jumped behind a truck to shield himself.

Taylor says that this is not the first time a shooting has happened there. "My brother was grazed by bullets a couple weeks ago by the same guys and I mean, what happened yesterday could have been prevented because we asked for officers to be there while they got their things out of the apartment."

Marcus Hines with Shreveport Police Department told KSLA that officers will certainly come stand guard if there is an imminent threat or if a person feels that their life is in danger. He said he will be checking records to see if a formal request for police presence was made.

Following the shooting on Egan Street, the men got back into their black Ford Crown Victoria and sped away. Police chased them onto St. Vincent Avenue, where the suspects crashed into another car and then took off on foot. KSLA obtained exclusive surveillance video from a viewer of that wreck.

Shreveport Police have three men in custody and are looking for a fourth. Brandon Lee, Jakari Lee, and Tavonte Polk all face numerous felony charges including attempted second murder.

Passion Gladney is a close friend of Mathis, and says she thinks the people responsible could be involved with a gang. "It's just about territory. They've been there. This is their spot. New people coming in."

Gladney says this whole situation can be described with one word: "He can't eat. He's in pain. His daughter is up here having to see him like this. You know, it's sad. It's just sad."

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