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Local man shot on Hwy 531

by Minden Press-Herald

Webster Parish investigators continue to collect evidence and follow leads to determine facts surrounding an early morning shooting that left a local man in serious condition in a Shreveport hospital suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

Sheriff Jason Parker said the incident occurred just before 3:30 a.m. Saturday on LA Hwy. 531, a short distance south of the I-20 overpass.

“From what we’ve learned so far, the victim is a black male in his early twenties who was walking north along Highway 531 headed toward a truck stop,” Parker said. “Evidence shows a vehicle pulled up and multiple shots were fired, striking the victim several times.”

Parker said the nearest parish units were in the Doyline area at the time of the shooting, responding to a serious domestic disturbance.  He said the Minden Police Department was called to lend assistance.

“The first MPD officer to arrive found the victim lying in a wood line alongside the road with several gunshot wounds,” he said. “Minden officers assisted with life-saving measures until EMS arrived.”

Parker said the victim was air-lifted from the scene and transported to Shreveport. His condition remains unknown.

“Our detectives collected a lot of evidence from the scene and we’re getting more information,” Parker said. “Because of the location of the shooting and the proximity to I-20, there are several scenarios we’re investigating.”

Parker said he appreciated the assistance provided by the MPD.

“We knew our units would take some time to get to the scene, and the response of their officers was critical in locating the victim quickly and getting him the medical attention he needed,” Parker said. “They preserved the crime scene until we could take over the investigation.”

Parker said identification of the victim is being withheld until more information can be gathered and a possible motive is determined. He is also asking the public for assistance.

“If anyone has information relating to this incident, we urge them to call and talk to our detectives,” Parker said. “We assure them they will remain anonymous. Even the smallest bit of information could be a big help.”

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