SHREVEPORT, La. (KTAL / KMSS) – A cheerleader at Huntington High School was struck by gunfire during a shooting last Saturday, and her mother wants to know what can be done to bring an end to gun violence in Shreveport.
The shooting happened after the school’s homecoming dance. Several students hang out in the parking lot outside the Otto gas station on Lakeshore Drive. Others are at the after party close by.
The student’s mother received a call after midnight and feared things would never be the same for her daughter.
“I realized that there was a shooting going on and that my son had been hit,” he said.
The 17-year-old senior suffered a gunshot wound and was transported to the hospital for her injuries. His mother said there was an opening and exit wound on her calf.
The mother of three said Saturday’s incident was disturbing. A shooting video later surfaced on social media, adding to his anxiety.
“There must be a target in mind. They’re not just shooting in the air or something like that. There’s a target in mind, so what’s causing this?”
A bystander, who wants to remain anonymous, said the same group of kids were at Jiwa and Cinta Café and Lounge when he noticed the fight outside.
“Around 12:30 p.m., everyone was seen exiting the event center to the parking lot where several fights broke out. When the fight broke up, the group involved in the fight ran to Otto.”
Saturday’s shooting remains under investigation by the Shreveport Police Department. They said a 20-year-old person was also struck by gunfire and survived.
“Whatever the beef is between each other, it has to stop. It’s up to now where things are normal in life, they can’t do it,” said the mother of the Huntington student.
He had a few questions that he couldn’t seem to wrap his mind around.
“How is the graduation? What will prom look like? Or cheerleading?”