Customer, suspect injured in liquor store shooting
SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - Police are working to learn more about an encounter that left two men shot, one with life-threatening injuries.
Dispatchers got the call at 11:45 p.m. Monday, Sept. 20 to NLB Grocery and Liquor Store on West 70th Street. That’s in the West Cedar Grove/Hollywood area of Shreveport.
According to police, a man entered the store with a gun and got into some sort of argument with a couple of employees. Police say he then pointed the gun at employees and customers. One of the employees grabbed his own gun, and shots were exchanged between the two.
Police say an innocent bystander was shot; his injuries are considered non-life-threatening. The suspect, identified as 30-year-old Cedric Grant, was shot multiple times and sustained life-threatening injuries. He faces three counts of aggravated assault and two counts of attempted first-degree murder.
Jackie Hollins, who owns a business a few blocks from where the shooting occurred, said crime in that area is getting worse.
“Right now, it’s truly out of hand, and it don’t matter right now what area you’re in. It just happens to be in this area right now. But it’s just skipping from one area to another. So we just got to come and stop the hate and come together as people who love each other and love God.”
The Shreveport Police Department’s crime map shows nearly 500 reported incidents in Shreveport in the past year. In Councilwoman LeVette Fuller’s district, nearly 200 violent crimes have been reported.
Fuller spoke with KSLA News 12 about solutions to the crime in the area she serves.
“We have the recreation programs through SPAR. We have a SPAR rec center in nearly every community. Recreation is prevention; it absolutely is,” Fuller said. “But kids have to feel like they’re welcome and comfortable in those surroundings. With SPAR, I am confident our students, children feel comfortable.”
The councilwoman said another possible solution outside of recreational programs is violence interruption, working with people who study public health and treating trauma. Shreveport has resources needed to reduce crime, she added, but a pipeline is needed to connect people to those resources.
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