Victim of pipe beating speaks out, surveillance video shows attack
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - A Shreveport teenager will likely be left with permanent scars after being hit in the face with a metal pipe. It was reportedly thrown at her during a gas station brawl.
Shreveport police released surveillance video Wednesday which shows most of the action. The video shows five young men walking into the A & Y Quick Stop in the 4400 block of Hillry Huckaby Road.
Jessica Byrnes-Laird said the confrontation started when a group of strangers made some rude comments, and then it escalated from there.
"I was still in my bathing suit and there were a few males around my boyfriend's age. They started speaking to me, they started saying inappropriate comments to me," explained Jessica.
Jessica's boyfriend then confronted the men, and fists begin flying.
It happened so quickly, onlookers seemed confused as to what lead up to the violence.
"I was standing up screaming at them asking them to stop," said Jessica.
After it was over, a pipe was thrown through the open passenger window, shattering several of her teeth, and cutting her face.
"I remember feeling my teeth in my hands, and letting them fall," said Jessica. "Looking down, blood just started gushing, it was really traumatic."
Jessica can be seen in the video walking around the parking lot holding her face, as her boyfriend tried to call for help.
"It upset me that I was going through something like this for something so trivial," said Jessica.
Now, she hopes someone recognizes the men in the video.
She hopes her scars serve another purpose.
"It can basically teach people to love one another, I want that to be the biggest outcome of it all," said Byrnes-Laird.
Anyone with information about the crime is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 318-673-7373 or on their website www.lockemup.org.
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