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SPD: "No merit" to rumors of "Fast & Furious" gang of teens

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The rumor appears to be fueled by a status update posted on a Mansfield woman's Facebook page describing a harrowing encounter on Tuesday afternoon. (Source: Facebook) The rumor appears to be fueled by a status update posted on a Mansfield woman's Facebook page describing a harrowing encounter on Tuesday afternoon. (Source: Facebook)
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

Shreveport police say "there is no merit" to rumors circulating on social media that there have been reports of a gang of black teens terrorizing drivers in the area.

The rumor appears to be fueled by a status update posted on a Mansfield woman's Facebook page describing a harrowing encounter on Tuesday afternoon. According to the woman's post, she and her kids were "barricaded by a group of 20-30 black teenagers" as she was attempting to drive out of the Bayou Plaza Shopping Center on Youree Drive.

"I am 34 years old and I have never feared for my life until this afternoon," the post says. "They trapped my kids and myself in and I had no way out. They were screaming at us, almost ran into my car, jumping out of their cars and coming towards me. The only thing that saved us was trying to grab my gun in my compartment and them scattering like wild fire. It happened in the blink of an eye! Laying my head on my pillow tonight thankful that we are home safe and alive!!"

The resulting exchange on the woman's Facebook page includes a claim that "the cops said its a gang of them acting like the movie Fast n Furious."

That post had been shared by more than 2,300 people by late Wednesday night. KSLA News 12 has received numerous copies of the woman's Facebook post, along with inquiries from viewers concerned about their safety. Others want to make sure the public is warned about the potential danger.

Asked if he could confirm that the police department is aware of any such reports or behavior recently in the area, SPD Cpl. Marcus Hines said "There is nothing to suggest that there is any need for panic on the part of anyone, and nothing to support that this kind of behavior is going on at all."

Hines confirms that a 911 call was made in regard to the specific incident described in the viral Facebook status, and that reported incident is under investigation.

That investigation includes a review of any surveillance video that might have captured the incident on camera.

Beyond that, Hines says he cannot comment on an open investigation and audio from the 911 call cannot be released until that investigation is complete.

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