Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Detectives are actively investigating a shooting in Clarence on Friday evening that left two Natchitoches juveniles hospitalized according to Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Stuart Wright.
On Friday evening, June 24, 2022, at approximately 11:58 pm, Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies responded to NATCOM 911 Center reports of shots fired in the area of Lee Street in Clarence, La.
While units were responding to the area, Natchitoches Police contacted the NPSO requesting a unit respond to Natchitoches Regional Medical Center for two patients suffering from gunshot wounds.
Deputies assigned to the NPSO Patrol Operations Bureau and Detectives assigned to the NPSO Criminal Investigations Bureau responded to two separate locations, the crime scene and Natchitoches Regional Medical Center.
Two detectives and patrol deputies photographed and processed the crime scene which included collecting evidence and interviewing potential witnesses while one detective and patrol deputies interviewed the victims and processed a black Kia Optima with bullet holes at Natchitoches Regional Medical Center.
Detectives learned during the preliminary stages of the investigation, that two 17-year-old Natchitoches juveniles were attending a private party at the Clarence Community Center in Clarence. While standing outside of the Community Center near their vehicle (Kia Optima) an unknown suspect fired several rounds striking both of them.
Both victims were transported from the scene by private vehicle to Natchitoches Regional Medical Center suffering from non-life-threatening gunshot wounds to the leg and one a graze wound to the forehead.
Both remain hospitalized at an undisclosed hospital.
Detectives say there are no suspects at this time, however, they are in the early stages of the investigation and have several potential witnesses to interview including submitting evidence collected at the scene to the crime lab for analysis.
The investigation is active and ongoing.
Detectives say at this time, there is no obvious connection between this shooting and the homicide investigation being conducted by the Natchitoches Police Department that occurred during the early morning hours of June 25, 2022.
If you have any information, please contact the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office at 352-6432 or the NPSO Criminal Investigations Division at 357-7830.
Detective Sgt. Jared Kilpatrick
NPSO Criminal Investigations Division