Minden juveniles shoot local teen

By Bonnie Culverhouse

Two juveniles, ages 17 and 15, have been arrested and charged with attempted second-degree homicide in the shooting of 17-year-old Tyquan Morris.

Minden Police Chief Steve Cropper said his department received a call around 5:48 a.m. Sunday in reference to a shooting at Chateau Normandy Apartments.

“Upon arrival, officers located a young male victim lying in the breezeway, just outside his grandmother’s apartment where he resided,” said the chief. “The victim – later identified as Morris – had multiple gunshot wounds to his upper body. He was transported by ambulance to Minden Medical Center.”

Cropper said during the investigation, officers located several shell casings at the scene.

“Deputy Josh McCormick, who resides in the neighborhood near the apartments, was walking out of his home to get in his patrol car, when he observed two young males running down his street,” Cropper said. “He entered his patrol car and drove to Lewisville Rd., after taking mental note of the clothing the two men were wearing.”

McCormick reportedly observed the Minden police units responding to the apartment complex. He then followed them to the scene when he discovered there had been a shooting.

“After informing the officers of the young males he had seen, McCormick was asked to go try and relocate them,” said the chief. “During the search, McCormick observed a vehicle driving down Park Hwy. without headlights. He made a traffic stop, and in the backseat of the vehicle were the same two men he had observed running down the street.”

Lying on the backseat between the two young males, he reportedly noted a semi-automatic pistol. Cropper said the two were detained, and the pistol came back as a stolen weapon. He said the caliber of the pistol was the same as the shell casings located at the scene where Morris was shot.

“One of the juveniles admitted to the shooting of Tyquan Morris,” Cropper said.

Both teens were transported to Ware Detention Center. The investigation is still ongoing.

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