Gunfire sends one to hospital during life celebration for toddler

By Bonnie Culverhouse

The Minden Police Association has reported that gunfire sent one person to the hospital with a leg wound during a celebration of life for the three-year-old that was killed in a drive-by shooting last week.

According to the report, a large crowd had gathered in the 900 block of Woods St. when gunfire that was described as a “war zone” erupted, scattering the crowd of more than 100 persons.

“One female was hit in the leg,” said MPA President Jason Smith. “Several vehicles and a house were peppered with bullet holes.”

Smith said officers arrived quickly and secured the scene.

“Although there were more than 100 witnesses, Det. Shane Griffith and other officers could not get anyone to provide any relevant or identifying information on the alleged shooter,” Smith reported.

Approximately 50 bullet casings were recovered from the scene.

19-year-old JaCorein Richardson was arrested Friday for the shooting of three-year-old Aldravion Taylor in an act of retaliation for the death of his cousin in Arcadia.

Minden Police Chief Steve Cropper said Richardson was arrested at his residence and a weapon recovered is the same caliber as the casings located at the scene of the Minden shooting.

“We feel very strongly that he is the shooter in the death of our three-year-old,” said the chief.

Cropper said Richardson’s mother lives in Bossier where he was arrested, however, Richardson “travels a lot between Arcadia and Bossier.”

Please see Minden Police Association’s Facebook page. Special thanks to Smith for the information and photo.

More information will be posted when available.

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