SHREVEPORT, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – The Caddo Parish Coroner’s Office has released the name of the teen killed in a shooting in Shreveport’s Allendale neighborhood Thursday.
De’anthony Walker, 17, was identified as the victim in the shooting just after 4 p.m. in the 1400 block of Harvard Avenue.
A witness to the shooting who wants to remain anonymous says she saw the young man walk up to a car and was about to sit inside. Seconds later, Walker was seen running from the car as gunshots rang out.
“I’ve never seen it like this before, never. I, we have had gangs, drugs and we still got them but it has never been as bad as it is now we have a lot of young kids that are committing hideous crimes,” says Shreveport resident M.L. Johnson. “So, I’m trying to do something I’m a father, grandfather, and a great grandfather and I just want to do something to help young black males and to sit down and just talk with them what can we do to help you because this is awful this little boy was a young man.”
Johnson says crime has gotten worse in Shreveport and he wants to be an advocate for individuals who may not have a place to vent and prevent things like this from happening in this community with a one-on-one phone call before committing acts of violence, while bringing young Shreveport citizens closer together.”
“A telephone call, where young men before they commit hideous crimes such as, this can call and maybe get talked down,” Johnson said. “We love you and we are sorry for not being there with you and if you give us a chance, we’ll try to bring all of us back together. We love you and we want the best for you.”
The coroner’s office says an autopsy has been ordered.
There have been no arrests and police have not released information on whether there are any suspects.
Shreveport police detectives are still investigating. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (318) 673-7373.