SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) — The bodies of three men were found in a yard in Shreveport on Tuesday morning.
Officers got the call just after midnight to the 1500 block of Garden Street in the city’s Allendale neighborhood.
Upon arrival, police located the bodies of three men near a vacant residence. Rodney Bryant, 58; David Savore, 55; and Carl Pratt, 54, all of Shreveport, had been shot in the head and were pronounced dead on the scene. The victims were identified by Shreveport police through fingerprint comparison.
Investigators with the Homicide and Crime Scene Units were summoned to the scene, where they collected evidence and searched for witnesses.
At this time, no suspects have been identified and no arrests have been made.
Neighbors call the shooting location, at 1538 Garden Street, a haven for drug and homeless activity, in what slowly evolved into a mostly abandoned block of homes.
During our visit to the scene half a day later, Pastor Calvin Jackson showed us where all the cars come and go at all hours of the day and night and the people
“They’re transients. They don’t have roots in the community. They’re impoverished. They are forgotten. They’re forsaken.”
Jackson is the pastor at Trinity Baptist Church located on the very same block- but says all their members now commute here for services, with only a handful of people even living on this portion of Garden Street these days.
As for anti-crime initiatives, Jackson says he’s all talked out.
“We’ve had our meetings. We’ve had our coalition. We’ve had our gatherings. We’ve all come together to talk about the blight and the impoverishness of the neighborhood. But it has to go beyond meetings now.”
Jackson says it’s time for action. “We’ve got to put hand to power and feet to power. The people who can really make a difference in this community are not involved in this community.”
Pastor Jackson says he sees the same faces walking back and forth on this street - including this woman, who only wants to be identified as “Ericka.”
She tell us she knew all three homicide victims.
“Yeah, they was good people. I went to school with one of them’s children and stuff. It just, you know, hard times for all of us, you know.”
And Ericka told us it didn’t take long for word of the deadly shooting to reach her overnight.
“I just heard it was like a(n) execution or something. I don’t know. It was just, kind of put chills over me.”
As for Pastor Jackson, as a member of Trinity Baptist the last 21 years, the last 5 of which as pastor, he described seeing the same faces day after day walking up and down the block.
“Has anyone ever stopped and say, ‘why are you walking up and down this street?’ And when you talk you’ll hear them say, ‘I’m homeless. I’m hungry. I don’t live here. This is the place where I was told where I can come and free willy.’”
Ochsner LSU Health hospital is scheduled to perform the autopsies.
Anyone with information is asked to call Shreveport police at (318) 673-7300 #3, or via Caddo Crime Stoppers at (318) 673-7373, visiting the group’s website or using the P3 Tips app to submit information anonymously.
This is a developing story. Stay with KSLA News 12 for updates.