Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Detectives are investigating the third shooting in Natchitoches Parish in less than 24 hours that resulted in two people being shot while traveling on Hwy. 480 east of Campti on Wednesday evening according to Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Stuart Wright.
NPSO Patrol Operations Bureau deputies and Louisiana State Police were dispatched to a single-vehicle crash on May 10 around 7:45 pm in the 3700 block of Hwy. 480 between International Paper-Red River Mill and Campti.
A motorist contacted NATCOM 911 Center reporting that while traveling on Hwy. 480 he discovered the crash. When he stopped to check on the vehicle occupants he discovered 2 of the 3 occupants suffering from apparent gunshot wounds.
The motorist aided and transported the gunshot victims by private vehicle to meet a Natchitoches Regional Medical Center EMS Trauma Unit and NPSO Deputies near Grand Ecore.
The victims, ages: 19 and 17 from Natchitoches were transported to Natchitoches Regional Medical Center with non-life threatening gunshot wounds.
Additional deputies and Louisiana State Police responded to Hwy. 480 where they processed, photographed and collected multiple bullet casings at the crime scene.
Detectives assigned to the NPSO Criminal Investigations Bureau responded to the crime scene and Natchitoches Regional Medical Center.
Detectives have learned during the early stages of the investigation, that an adult, age: 19, and two juveniles ages: 17, all from Natchitoches were traveling from Coushatta to Natchitoches in a Honda passenger car on Hwy. 480 east of Campti when an unknown suspect or suspects opened fire on them striking the car several times and 2 of the 3 occupants.
Detectives say the suspect or suspects fled the area shortly after the shooting.
This is an ongoing and active investigation.
If you have any information that may assist detectives in this investigation, contact the NPSO Criminal Investigations Bureau at 357-7830 or Natchitoches Crime Stoppers at 318-238-2388. You may be eligible for a reward. Crime Stoppers is a non-profit organization and not a law enforcement agency.