Shooting in W. Shreveport claims life of pregnant woman, unborn child


SHREVEPORT, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – Shreveport police are investigating a Sunday night shooting in west Shreveport that left a man injured and a pregnant woman dead.

Miranda Smith, 30, and her full-term baby boy died following a drive-by shooting that injured another victim as well.

Both Smith and the 31-year-old male victim were taken to Ochsner LSU Health, where Smith and her unborn son later died. The male victim is said to be stable.

Shreveport police say officers were called to investigate reports of shots fired around 9:45 p.m. Sunday in the 4200 Block of Madera Drive and arrived to find a crashed vehicle with Smith and the adult male victim inside. Both had been struck multiple times by gunfire, causing the vehicle to crash. 

Smith was taken to Ochsner LSU Health, where she was rushed into surgery, but both she and her baby died due to the severity of her injuries.

Rick Harris lives near where the shooting happened and said he was lying in the bed with his wife when they heard the gunshots.

“We got the kids and everybody went to the back and got on the floor. I just heard people hollering and screaming, by the time we got outside the police were here.”

SPD says Violent Crimes and Crime Scene investigators were called to the scene and worked throughout the night and into the early morning hours collecting evidence and interviewing witnesses.

Police say the information they have gathered so far suggests that the shooting may have initially occurred in the 6300 block of Tierra Drive, which is a short distance from 4200 Madera Drive in the north Pines Road area.

Police are asking anyone with information on this crime to contact Shreveport Police immediately at 318-673-7300 #3 or 318-673-6955. Those wishing to remain anonymous are asked to call Caddo-Shreveport Crime Stoppers at 318-673-7373 or via their app, P3Tips.

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