Published: Jul. 15, 2023 at 5:58 AM CDT|Updated: Jul. 17, 2023 at 7:31 AM CDT
SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) — A night out turned deadly when two men begin firing guns outside a downtown Shreveport nightclub.
On July 15 at 2:29 a.m., the Shreveport Police Department (SPD) responded to a shooting on Commerce Street. When officers arrived, they learned that two young men, one wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt and the other a blue hoodie, began shooting handguns near the Phoenix 2.0. The two then fled on foot in unknown directions.
John Ruffin Jr., 41, of the 7200 block of Union Avenue in Shreveport, died at 3:15 a.m. at Ochsner LSU Health in Shreveport after having been shot multiple times in the 400 block of Commerce Street, the Caddo coroner’s office reports. The man’s death marks the 42nd homicide this year in Caddo Parish.
Multiple other victims were transported to a local hospital for treatment of possibly life-threatening injuries following the shooting.
No arrest has been made.
Phoenix owner Tim Huck is angry about the shootings affecting the downtown area, including his nightclub. He released the following statement:
Dr. Chelette Holden, owner of Haze on Texas and Royalty Cigar and Hookah Lounge, responded to these allegations in the following statement.
If you have information that could help solve this case, please call SPD at (318) 673-7300 or, if you want to stay anonymous, contact Caddo Parish Crime Stoppers at (318) 673-7373.