Gunfire erupts outside busy Shreveport store; 2 men in jail

BOOKED: Abdallah Rayyan (left), 23, of the 8700 block of Millicent Way in Shreveport, 1 count...
BOOKED: Abdallah Rayyan (left), 23, of the 8700 block of Millicent Way in Shreveport, 1 count of discharging a firearm in the city; Christopher S. Dunkentell, 24, of the 9700 block of Baird Road in Shreveport, 1 count of misdemeanor theft. (Source: SPD)
Published: Jul. 26, 2018 at 1:14 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 26, 2018 at 5:13 PM CDT
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SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - Two people are in jail after one allegedly started shooting at the other outside a Walmart store in Shreveport.

The two had agreed to meet there because one was trying to sell a cell phone to the other, police Cpl. Marcus Hines said.

The would-be buyer was sitting in the other man's vehicle while examining the phone when he got out of the passenger side and ran.

The seller then reportedly pulled out a gun and started shooting several rounds as he chased the alleged thief across the parking lot, police said.

It happened about 8:30 a.m. Thursday outside Walmart in the 1600 block of East Bert Kouns Industrial Loop. That's just west of Youree Drive.

Hines said no one was wounded.

Police immediately arrested the alleged shooter and recovered the handgun they think was used.

Abdallah Rayyan, 23, of the 8700 block of Millicent Way, was arrested at 8:30 a.m. then booked into Shreveport City Jail at 11:37 a.m. on a charge of discharging a firearm in the city, booking records show.

The other person later returned to the store and was detained by Police Chief Alan Crump.

Christopher S. Dunkentell, 24, of the 9700 block of Baird Road, was arrested at 10 a.m. then booked into the City Jail at 11:51 a.m. on a charge of misdemeanor theft, booking records show.

A Walmart employee said people briefly took cover in restrooms when the gunfire erupted.

The incident has ended and it is safe for shoppers to resume their shopping, the worker added.

Meantime, officers were placed at various points on LSU-Shreveport's campus to keep anyone matching a suspect's description from entering the campus, school spokesman Wendell Riley said.

This statement was posted on the university's website:

Please be advised that there was an armed robbery attempt near Walmart on Millicent Way around 8:30 am this morning.

The suspect, a black male wearing a red shirt and black shorts, subsequently fled the scene.

While it is not believed that he fled onto the LSUS campus, the campus police have set up security posts.

Please be mindful of your surroundings and report any suspicious activities to University Police at 318-455-5497.

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