City Leaders Ask for Commitment After Another Child is Killed

In the last two months, police responsed to three calls where a juvenile was shot. The most recent case involved a 16-year-old that police say accidentally shot an eleven year old in the stomach. "Why they didn't take the gun away from the 16 year old I don't quite understand, because there were adults in the house," says Kacee Hargrave with the Shreveport Police Department. Early November, a two year old was shot by accident, police say by a 12 year old, this time the child survived. And just two weeks ago, another child is shot, this time the child is killed. "And I saw my baby laying on the ground, they had covered her up," says Sharron Mitchell, the mothe of Latora Wiley, she discovered her daughter gunned down on the street as the sixteen year old walked home from a nearby park. "It is extremely disturbing to the entire police department," says Hargrave. The police department sees the trend, and asks that people take part in the program "Don't Shoot, I Want to Grow up" campaign. "A program where someone can call a tip into Crimesoppers if someone is unlawfully carrying a weapon," says Hargrave.

During a memorial service at Woodlawn Highschool, Mayor Cedric Glover asked students for a committment of non-violence. "Because you were willing to step up and do the right thing the person who shot her and we have the man who gave the gun and drove the car," told the students. "Without the people who was willing to tell us what happened where Latora was killed we would not have the killers in jail," said Police Chief Henry Whitehorn. It's that grassroots approach to law enforcement that police hope will prevent these deadly encounters in the future.