Playing with loaded gun leaves teen wounded and arrested

By Nancy Cook |

Published 08/09 2014 10:33AM

Updated 08/09 2014 10:40AM

A local teenager is behind bars this morning charged in connection with a shooting that left him recovering from an apparent self-inflicted wound.


Julius Baker, 17, was arrested and charged with one count of illegal use of weapon.


Just before 10:30 Friday night (August 8, 2014), Shreveport Police patrol officers were dispatched to Willis-Knighton Medical Center in the 2600 block of Greenwood Road relative to a shooting.


Upon arrival, patrolmen contacted hospital personnel and learned Baker, suffering from a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to his hand, presented himself for treatment in the hospital’s emergency room. He was treated and later released from the hospital. 


Detectives immediately responded and, based on information gathered during their ongoing inquiry, believe Baker was playing with a firearm in the 2900 block of Hattie Street when he discharged the weapon, striking himself in the hand.


During their initial investigation, authorities recovered other evidence pertinent to this case and ultimately charged Baker with one count of illegal use of a weapon. Baker, of the 2900 block of Hattie Street in Shreveport, was subsequently booked into the Shreveport City Jail.


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