SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - Police now say robbery may have been a 'motivating factor' in a deadly double shooting that happened shortly before 1:00 a.m. Friday, September 6, near the intersection of Abbie Street and Pierre Avenue, in Shreveport's Allendale neighborhood.
KSLA News 12 is told that 44-year old Terry Golston of Shreveport was shot three times and later died at LSU Hospital. Police say the other shooting victim, 24 year old Jecobi Walker of Shreveport was shot in the leg. Police say he underwent surgery and is expected to survive.
This case becomes the 20th homicide of the year in Shreveport. That matches the total for each of the last two years and there's still nearly three full months left in 2013. As for the exact circumstances behind this case, we discovered there may be a whole lot more to this story.
"They say right here on this corner right here," pointed Patricia Palmer, to the corner of Pierre Avenue and Abbie street where the deadly double shooting unfolded. The intersection is described by neighbors as a popular spot to hang out. Neighbor Michelle Collins told us, "basically prostitutes hanging out on the corner, stopping cars...I see a bunch of guys on the corner dressed like women."
And at least several neighbors suspect it's that clothing and lifestyle which may have been a factor in why they were targeted:
MICHELLE COLLINS: "Yes."
JEFF FERRELL/REPORTER: "Why is that?"
COLLINS: "Because of the way they dressed."
So far, Shreveport Police are saying robbery was a possible motivating factor in the double shooting. But as one of Golston's friends, Patricia Palmer has her own theory: "Mmm, him being gay, I guess."
But Palmer also says there's just something strange about this shooting: "Because everybody knew him, you know. I have to say it was somebody from not here."
Police say they're not ruling out anything in this shooting, with an investigation that's just getting underway. Bill Goodin, Assistant to Shreveport Police Chief Willie Shaw elaborated, "detectives are, as we normally do, working to canvass the neighborhood, locate any potential witnesses and ultimately make a determination who's responsible for this crime."
Terry Golston's death makes the second man to be shot and killed in Shreveport in the last two months, who was an openly gay cross-dresser. Back in July, 50-year old Jock Maurice McKinney was gunned down on Kennedy Drive in Shreveport's Mooretown neighborhood. McKinney's friends claim his murder may have been a hate crime because he was gay and sometimes dressed as a woman. There have been no arrests in that case.