Child shot while sleeping in early-morning drive-by


Shreveport Police are investigating a shooting that sent a young girl to a local hospital this morning.

Just after 4 a.m. today, Shreveport Police were called to a home located in the 2600 block of Merwin Street related to a shooting. 

Upon arriving, officers located the victim, a 12-year old girl, suffering a single gunshot wound to the right forearm.  The victim, who was taken via ambulance to University Health hospital, suffered injuries that were considered non-life-threatening. 

Shreveport Police Violent Crimes detectives were summoned to the scene along with Crime Scene investigators.  In the early stages of the investigation, detectives learned the child was one of several occupants inside the home when the residence was fired on. 

The victim was believed to sleeping at the time she was shot.  Evidence of the shooting was recovered from outside the home, suggesting the suspected shooter(s) fired weapons consistent with a rifle of some sort.  At this hour, authorities are seeking suspect information along with a vehicle description.  Persons with any information about the crime are asked to contact Crimestoppers at(318) 673-7373 or visit their website at:  Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for the crime.

This is the second time a child in this home was shot, according to Shreveport Police. In January, a 7-year-old girl suffered a single gunshot wound to the leg. Police say the child was shot by another juvenile inside the home. The child recovered at University Health. For more information: {{CLICK HERE}} 

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