Police are investigating after a man was found dead in a field on West 77th Street. (Source: Jasmine Payoute/ KSLA News 12)
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -
Police have identified the man found shot to death Monday morning in Shreveport's Cedar Grove neighborhood.
The body of 22-year-old Hayden B. Craig of the 200 block of Larkin St. was discovered just before 11 a.m. in an empty lot between 2 homes in the 300 block of West 77th St. by a woman who lives nearby.
"The gunshots woke me up I heard 6, 6 gunshots," said the woman who made the discovery. She didn’t want to be identified but recalled the moments after she spotted the man’s body, saying she thought she was seeing things at first.
"I said, 'he must be drunk' to myself. I said, 'he's in the wrong place to be drunk,' you know? So I stood there for about 10 minutes,” said the woman.
Police have confirmed that the Craig suffered "several" gunshot wounds to the mid-section and was pronounced dead at the scene.
There are no suspects in custody. Police are asking area residents and anyone who might have information about the shooting to contact them immediately.
Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000.00 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person responsible for the crime. Crime Stoppers is completely anonymous and can be reached by calling 318-673-7373 or by visiting their website at www.lockemup.org
It is the third shooting in the same area of West 77th St. in the last 3 months. Back in July, police found a man shot to death, and last month a man was shot and rushed to the hospital. Neighbors tell KSLA News 12 they are concerned about the spike in violence on their street.
"I'm ready to get to move away from here. The violence it just won't stop,” said one neighbor, and she's not the only one.
"The violence needs to stop. It really needs to stop. The younger people are going to the grave more than the older people," said Donnie Minnifield. "I heard several people say this is the devil street."
Others are calling for more police presence in hopes of curbing the violence.
"If we had more law officials, this here wouldn't happen because they'd be afraid the police were going to come around the corner in a minute," said one neighbor.