SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - Neighbors in the 600 block of McCormick Street knew 79-year-old Rodney Self as the man with the cute little dog.
“We both walk our dogs around the same time. We have similar little wiener dogs and I see him all the time," Shreveport resident Amy Wright said. "He was a very friendly, very nice, very sweet older gentleman.”
Lee Perkins said he lives two doors down from Self’s house.
“It’s just so sad. He had the nicest little dog he walked all the time, a dachshund.”
Self was walking his dog just after 11:15 Tuesday night near McCormick at Creswell Avenue when he was hit by a car and the driver took off, Shreveport police say.
A family member found him after he didn’t return home.
Neighbors say they often see cars speeding down Creswell.
Still, they are shocked this happened in their South Highlands neighborhood.
“Just completely devastating. I thought it could have been him, but I didn’t want to believe it. Just heartbreaking, devastating," Wright said.
"You hate to hear something like that about a neighbor.”
Residents of the area hope to do whatever they can to help catch whoever is responsible for the deadly accident.
“It’s terrible. I hope they catch whoever did it. I looked at my cameras. I didn’t have anything," Perkins said.
“Everybody liked him," he continued. "I talked to my neighbor and she had just talked to him yesterday.
"She was very upset about it. Everybody is.”
Investigators don’t yet know a make, model or anything else about the car that hit Self.
“Police are hoping that someone in the area may have seen or heard something to aid in identifying and apprehending the person or persons responsible for this crime," police Cpl. Marcus Hines said.
Authorities urge anyone with any information to contact Shreveport-Caddo Crime Stoppers by calling (318) 673-7373, visiting the organization’s website or using the P3 Tips app.
The nonprofit pays cash rewards for information that leads to the arrest of the individual or individuals responsible for crimes.