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Police seek suspect in rash of Sunset Acres shootings

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Police are looking for a suspect in several shootings in the Sunset Acres neighborhood. Police are looking for a suspect in several shootings in the Sunset Acres neighborhood.
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

In less than 24 hours, a hail of gunfire struck three different homes on two different Shreveport streets.

Now, police are trying to find out who's responsible for the multiple attacks that badly damaged the homes, along with multiple vehicles.

The first gunfire broke out at two homes at 11:15 p.m. March 13 in the 3000 block of Parkridge Street in Shreveport's Sunset Acres neighborhood. Then, after police cleared that scene, sometime after 2 a.m. March 14, witnesses and residents said a barrage of gunfire struck a house just around the corner, in the 2900 block of Amherst Street.

It's just the latest violence in that part of Shreveport this month.

LaTonya Brown stood outside her home on Parkridge on Friday afternoon, pointing to damage from the gunfire and remembering the sound of the shots. "I don't know what they were shooting but...tah, tah, tah, tah, tah. Yes, and it was unbelievable."

Brown said she called police for help before walking outside, shortly after the gunfire stopped, to check on the damage caused by all those bullets. They not only struck her house but also vehicles belonging to her son and daughter, parked in front of her house.

She quickly called police for help before walking outside, shortly after the gunfire stopped, to check on the damage caused by all those bullets. They not only struck her house but also vehicles belonging to her son and daughter, parked in front of her house.

"I'm not thinking they were targeting my house. But, my son is friends with someone that they're into it with," she said. "And so, I feel like they targeted my son's car and the bullets just ended-up hitting my house."

But Brown says she believes her next door neighbor's house was the target.

"They have like 20, 20 holes in their house," she said. And next door neighbor Mary Johnson said she won't soon forget the attack on her home. "Wow, like a war zone," she said. "It just was a war zone."

Johnson said she thinks that barrage of gunfire lasted at least a full minute, maybe longer. She said it could be retaliation from young men in the neighborhood who may have seen her grandson and LaTonya Brown's son driving their cars in the area.

"They just don't like the idea that they got cars that they can ride in," Johnson said, adding that her grandson just happened to visit her home on the night of March 13, a few hours before the gunfire broke out.

One neighbor has a home surveillance video system that captured, from a distance, the entire episode on tape. The neighbor declined to comment or show the video for fear of retaliation. That neighbor did, however hand over the memory card from surveillance equipment to members of the Shreveport Police CSI team.

Neighbors in the 2900 block of Amherst street, the other shooting scene, also declined comment. They did reveal holes in their homes where bullets had done damage.

Thirteen days before the gunfire targeted the three homes, a separate shooting happened at nearly the exact same spot as the Parkridge Street shootings Thursday night. On that night, March 1, a shots were fired near the corner of Burke and Parkridge streets. In that first case, the 18-year-old victim was shot in the leg, but refused medical treatment.

That victim happened to be the best friend of Latonya Brown's son. Neighbors said the shooting victim's house, on Burke Street, was shot-up two days later, on March 3. Investigators will not say if that case is in any way linked to the latest shootings.

Police later connected Jamarzia Leonard of Shreveport to the March 1 shooting. Earlier this week, police said Leonard would face a charge of aggravated second degree battery, once he's caught.

Call Caddo Parish Crime Stoppers at 318-673-7373 with information on Leonard's whereabouts or about the shootings

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