Bullet grazes 9-year-old during gunfire at apartment

2 men face charges over an encounter that began with an argument over a flashlight, police say

Bullet grazes 9-year-old; 1 person arrested, another arrest expected

SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) — Police have two people in custody in connection with gunfire during which a 9-year-old boy’s abdomen was grazed by a bullet.

Bullet grazes 9-year-old during gunfire at apartment

The gunfire erupted about 4:54 p.m. Thursday in the 200 block of Merrick Street, Caddo 911 dispatch records show.

The child was taken to Ochsner LSU Health in Shreveport for treatment of a non-penetrating wound “... consistent with a graze,” police Detective Angie Willhite said.

There were reports of gunfire at an apartment on Merrick between Centenary Boulevard and Coty Street, she said.

Investigators have recovered the handgun they think was used in the shooting.

Chico Antwon Washington, 38, of Shreveport, was arrested at 5:08 p.m. and booked into Shreveport City Jail at 7:48 p.m. on one count each of illegal use of a weapon, being a felon in possession of a firearm and failure to register as a sex offender.

Then 44-year-old Danny Bourgeois showed up at Ochsner LSU Health seeking treatment about 8:26 p.m., Willhite said.

“We think he was part of the original fight that led to the shooting.”

The Stonewall man was arrested at 10 p.m. then booked into the City Jail at 11 p.m. on one count of aggravated assault, booking records show.

Witnesses have indicated that Bourgeois began arguing with Washington over over a flashlight, police say.

“Following the argument, Bourgeois armed himself with a knife and aggressively confronted Washington but did not stab him thanks to intervention of a bystander,” Willhite said.

“Bourgeois walked away and, according to witness statements, Washington produced a handgun and fired at least four shots at Bourgeois.”

The bullet that grazed the 9-year-old struck Bourgeois in the side of his abdomen.

Both men fled, with Washington being caught a short distance away.

Both the child and Bourgeois are expected to make a full recovery, Willhite said.

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