MINDEN, La. — Well before the crack of dawn, Wednesday, the gun violence plaguing one neighborhood claimed the life of its first victim.
Law enforcement attributes the shooting to possible fued between the shooter and male who was inside the home where the victim was killed.
NaToyedre Barrow, 19, who was 8 months pregnant, lost her life just before 3 a.m. to gunfire at her Fairfield complex apartment in the 800 block of Carolina Street.
Barrow was asleep on her couch when seven bullets fired from outside the apartment pierced the wall and struck her. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Inside the home laying on a mattres near Barrow was her two-year-old son. There were three other men inside the home including Barrow's boyfriend who is believed to be the father of the child she was carrying.
Police are still piecing evidence together, but they believe the shooting may have stemmed from a social media post. That post created a feud between one of the men inside the home and the shooter.
“I’ve had a sick feeling in my stomach for a long time that something like this was going to happen," Minden Police Chief Steve Cropper said. "We’ve had a lot of shots fired calls in the last year and a half. Bullets have no names. When you start shooting vehicles and peoples residences. The people who are firing these guns have no idea where those bullets are going to travel."
Chief Cropper says Minden has seen an increase in gun violence in the past year and a half as a group known as "Trained to Shoot" or TTS grows in popularity. The gunfire has sent multiple victims to local hospitals with various injuries, but they survived.
Minden police canvassed the neighborhood, where Barrow was killed, conducting interviews. No arrests have been made as of mid-morning.
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