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Gunfire exchange between moving vehicles: one dead

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SHREVEPORT, La - Shreveport Police are investigating a shooting that has left one man dead and another man seriously injured in west Shreveport Sunday morning. 

Just after 3:30 a.m. on April 27, 2014, Shreveport Police patrol officers were dispatched to a reported shooting at the intersection of Merwin Street and Hassett Avenue.  Upon their arrival, officers discovered a male victim, identified as 19 year old Demonta Wills of Bossier City, inside a vehicle suffering a single gunshot wound to the upper body.  Wills was pronounced deceased at the scene.  Wills was one of at least three occupants inside a white Dodge Charger that was reportedly involved in an exchange of gunfire with another group of individuals from a separate vehicle that fled the scene.  Shreveport Police Violent Crimes detectives and Crime Scene investigators were notified of the incident and responded immediately, launching a probe into the shooting.  The two passengers from the Dodge Charger were detained on scene and transported to Shreveport Police Headquarters for questioning.


During detectives inquiry into the matter, information and evidence was gathered linking a 23 year old Shreveport man to the crime.  The man was identified as Edward Bessard.  Contact was made with Bessard just before 4:30 a.m. after police responded to a home the 2300 block of Audrey Lane regarding reports of a shooting there.  Upon their arrival, authorities discovered Bessard suffering a single gunshot wound to the mid-section.  Bessard was subsequently transported to University Health Center with what was described as serious injuries.  Detectives collected evidence suggesting Bessard may have been injured during his alleged involvement in the exchange of gunfire that erupted on Merwin Street and Hassett Avenue.  Police are working tirelessly at this hour to piece together all the details that led up to the tragic encounter.  As the investigation moves forward, authorities are urging anyone with information about this crime to contact Caddo-Crime Stoppers at (318) 673-7373
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