Man killed, child shot just before Christmas in Shreveport

Man killed, child shot just before Christmas in Shreveport
A man is dead and a child injured in a late Christmas Eve shooting in Shreveport. (Bubba Kneipp/KSLA News 12)

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - A little 3-year-old boy is recovering in the hospital from a gunshot wound to the hand, while his father was gunned down while holding him.

It all happened in the Isabella II Estates in Shreveport’s Martin Luther King neighborhood about an hour before the arrival of Christmas Day.

“We heard the first shot and, uh, thought it was fireworks. And then my husband stood up,” recalled Dahlia Perry.

Perry said that she and her husband had been sitting on their front porch just a few houses down Cadbury Court when they heard that gunfire.

That’s when she immediately ran across the street to see if the victim might need CPR.

“But when I got there he was already gone.”

According to the police report, the victim had been shot in the back of the head and the back.

At the scene a short time after officers arrived and began to investigate Deputy Chief Bill Goodin with the Shreveport Police Department gave a news briefing on what they knew so far about the case.

“At least one suspect approached the victim, as he got out of his vehicle here on Cadbury. He had his child in his arms. At that point that suspect began firing shots.”

Police discovered numerous shell casings and believe more than one weapon was used during the attack.

Almost 12 hours later you could still spot at least 9 bullet hole evidence markers on the outside of two homes.

Even now, Perry old us her 25 years as a nurse could not prepare her for what she saw.

“It’s crazy. It was horrifying. I haven’t been able to get that image out of my head all night .”

Perry added that fear still grips the neighborhood because they don’t know what may have prompted the shooting.

Theories range from the violence stemming from gang violence or a domestic dispute, maybe a personal dispute that spiraled out of control, or something else entirely.

Whatever the cause, Perry concluded that it appears that uncertainty may not fade away any time soon in this north Shreveport neighborhood.

Shreveport Police said they’re now working to release a suspect description.

Also according to the department’s major incident report of the shooting, police are searching for a white Nissan Altima sedan.

That matches the description of the car Perry saw last night.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Shreveport Crime Stoppers at (318) 673-7373.

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