Police looking for person of interest in shooting death of child

By Bonnie Culverhouse

A three-year-old child died last night of a gunshot wound during a drive-by shooting.

A Minden Police detective said at least 25 shell casings from a semi-automatic weapon were recovered at the residence in the 700 block of Plum St. The child was struck once and was pronounced dead at Minden Medical Center.

The detective said no arrests have been made, but they are looking for a person of interest. He said the scene has been processed, but the investigation is ongoing.

Please read the submission below by Minden Police Association.

According to the Minden Police Association, a small child has died as the result of a drive by shooting.

The sound of gunfire in Minden is becoming so common that people are not reporting it. This all changed tonight when a drive by shooting claimed the life of an innocent, small child. The shooter(s) fired multiple rounds at the residence. One round struck the small child. The parent of the child rushed him to Minden Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased.

Further details are not being released at this time due to the ongoing investigation.

If anyone has information regarding this tragic crime please call the Minden Police Department at (318) 371-4226.

It is time for the community to step up and take action. Short staffed MPD Officers patrol high crime areas, but are only as successful as their staffing limitations allow. They need the public to speak out and report these dangerous criminals. They need qualified individuals to fill their ranks.

As others try and minimize the gunfire in this once peaceful community, MPD Officers go from violent call to violent call. They know the seriousness of the pain and suffering these dangerous criminals inflict.

The short staffed Minden Police Department came when called. Every detective employed by the police department went to the multiple crime scenes to ensure the victim received the investigation that he deserved.

Prayers and deepest condolences to the family of the victim.

Again, if you would like to make an anonymous tip, please call the Minden Police Department at (318) 371-4226.

(Photo by Bonnie Culverhouse)