SHREVEPORT, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – Police are on the scene of a shooting in Shreveport’s Cedar Grove neighborhood where a man was wounded in the neck during a shootout Thursday afternoon.
According to the Shreveport Police Department, officers were called to the 500 block of E. 70th Street around 4:00 p.m. about the shooting. When officers arrived at the scene, they learned that two men were arguing in the parking lot of a Popeyes. The victim, who is reportedly in his 60s, drove off in a black truck when the shooter chased after him and fired his weapon. The man was struck in the back of his neck.
The victim was taken to Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport with life-threatening injuries. SPD says witnesses told them there were at least seven shots fired during the shootout.
“They went behind the buildings, through the parking lot, entered onto the roadway where he struck the white Dodge pickup,” said Cpl. Angie Willhite, Shreveport Police Department. “They were just traveling by and they were t-boned by the victim as he was trying to escape the gunfire.”
Police say they found the trucks crashed into the fence of a nearby used car lot. They say the driver of the white truck was not seriously injured.
Police are not yet releasing any information on the suspect, but said detectives are investigating.
People in the area say the incident is unusual for that area of town.
“I’ve been here six years and nothing like this or the sort has happened since I’ve been here,” said Rahman Clark, who works at a nearby business. “Especially in broad daylight.”
The shooting a frightening reminder to always stay aware.
“You wanna make sure you’re watching your surroundings,” said Clark. “Anything can happen at any given moment.”
This is a developing story and it will be updated as more information becomes available.