Arrest made in Shreveport homicide; second suspect considered ‘armed and dangerous’

Arrests made in Economy Inn Suites shooting

SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - Shreveport police arrested one man in connection with a west Shreveport homicide.

The shooting happened just before 5 a.m. Monday, Sept. 14, in the 5100 block of Westwood Park Drive at the Economy Inn.

Officers arrived on the scene to find Vashiloh Willis, 33, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Willis was transported to the hospital, where he later died.

Shreveport police have identified two suspects, 25-year-old Contril Donnell Snow, of Shreveport, and 47-year-old Waylin Blanks.

Snow was arrested at 9:15 p.m. Sept. 18 and booked into the Shreveport City Jail at 10:16 p.m. the same day on one count of second-degree murder and on a warrant charging him with domestic abuse battery.

He has since been transferred to Caddo Correctional Center, where he was booked at 1:51 a.m. Saturday. No bond amount has been set.

A warrant has been issued for Blanks charging him with one count of second-degree murder.

According to Shreveport police, Blanks has an extensive criminal history with outstanding warrants for weapons charges and a felony parole violation in California. He has connections in Arizona and Arkansas and is known to travel across the country on Greyhound buses.

Blanks is considered armed and dangerous.

Waylin Blanks, 47.
Waylin Blanks, 47. (Source: Shreveport Police)

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact detectives at 318-673-7300 #3. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous can contact Caddo Shreveport Crime Stoppers at 318-673-7373 or via their app, P3Tips.

A minimum reward of $2,000 is available for anyone with information leading to his arrest.

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