SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) — One person is dead and another is in the hospital in the wake of a shooting involving two vehicles Wednesday evening in Shreveport’s Highland neighborhood.
Taylor Bowers, 28, of Shreveport, was identified late Wednesday night by the Caddo coroner’s office.
Bowers was shot several times in the 2600 block of Line Avenue.
He was positively identified through fingerprint comparison.
An autopsy has been authorized.
Caddo 911 dispatch records show it happened about 5:17 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20, on Line Avenue at Wilkinson Street. It ended near Shreveport Fire Station 7.
KSLA News 12 reporter and anchor Kenley Hargett said he saw a vehicle riddled with bullet holes.
He also saw dozens of shell casings and what appeared to be someone lying on the ground.
Police Chief Ben Raymond subsequently confirmed that one person died at the scene. The other was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Preliminary investigation shows that the victims were traveling northbound on Line Avenue when another vehicle pulled up beside them and began shooting.
“We do know at least one other vehicle was involved,” Raymond added. “We are not sure at this point whether this was an exchange of gunfire or whether one vehicle was simply the recipient of gunfire from another.”
A witness told Hargett that he was coming from home when he saw two vehicles racing down the street and that several shots were fired. The witness’s wife told Hargett that is sounded like a transformer breaking.
Parts of one of the cars involved still can be seen at the scene, which stretched for blocks.
That section of Line Avenue was closed for hours as authorities conducted their investigation but has since been reopened.
The police chief said his investigators have located a couple of witnesses and are trying to find video of what happened.
Authorities urge anyone who has cellphone or surveillance camera video or any information about this homicide to call Shreveport police at (318) 673-7300.
Crime Stoppers will pay up to $2,000 for information that leads to the identification and arrest of those responsible for this crime.
The investigation is on-going.