SPD investigating 2013's first two homicides
Shreveport Police are still investigating the city's first two homicides of 2013.
"It's kind of freaky that something like that happens right by your house."
The sunny morning quickly turned dark when a relative came to a home in the 200 block of Columbia St. to check on her sister, who hadn't shown up for work. What she found inside was nothing short of a nightmare.
"The door was apparently unlocked, she entered the home and found two people inside the home who had apparently been injured," says Sgt. Bill Goodin with the Shreveport Police Dept.
Shreveport Police say 57 year-old Stephen Bryant and 49 year-old Madonna Dean Wachter both of Shreveport were found shot to death and neighbors say recent activity at the home may lead investigators to a motive.
"There's been a lot of traffic coming in and out of the house and I suspect that, with the traffic that comes in and out of the house, that had something to do with the shooting," says neighbor Cathey Carey.
"He would sometimes be outside doing stuff in the front yard but I don't think they were too friendly to people," adds Carey's daughter, Lauren Hockenberry.
Hockenberry and Carey live across the street in what they say is an ordinarily quiet neighborhood.
"We did not hear a thing. But we live in a big old house and if we're in the back, we wouldn't hear anything," Carey says.
Neighbors say the couple mostly kept to themselves, but speculate the two may have been involved in some dangerous activity.
"He kind of freaked me out, honestly, so I just didn't really want to talk to him," explains Hockenberry.
Sources say that a tenant who leased a garage apartment behind the home heard booms overnight, but thought they were fireworks.
Sources also tell KTBS that the home was not ransacked.
Investigators are still talking to neighbors and potential witnesses, in order to identify a suspect.
As the investigation continues, authorities are urging anyone with any information about this crime to contact Caddo-Shreveport Crime Stoppers at (318) 673-7373 or Shreveport Police at (318) 673-6955.
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