Editorial: Please stop the violence

On December 11, 2021, at approximately 11:59 p.m., Minden Police Officers were dispatched to the South Fairview St. area in reference to a shots fired call. 

Upon officers’ arrival, witnesses informed them that the shots were fired at a particular home.  Officers made contact with the occupants of the home, checking for any injured victims. No one within the home was injured. 

One occupant indicated that he had just arrived home from work approximately an hour earlier, was sitting in his room when he heard loud shots coming from the street and got down on his floor.

The second occupant indicated that he was asleep on the couch when he was awakened by gunshots coming from outside in the street. He immediately got down on the floor.

Officers recovered more than 40 spent shell casings from outside in the street. Three different caliber casings were recovered, indicating there were at least three different shooters.

On December 13, 2021, at approximately 11 p.m., Minden Police Officers were dispatched to the Pine St./Methodist Camp St. area in reference to a shots fired call. The complainant informed officers that the shots were directed toward a home on Pine St.

Upon arrival at the home on Pine St., officers discovered that the vehicle parked in the driveway of the residence had been struck by gunshots. Upon contact with the two occupants of the home, they indicated that they were asleep inside the residence and did not hear the gunfire. Officers recovered five spent shell casings.

I am reaching out to the people of Minden, asking for peace. The occupants of these two homes are relatives of the person arrested and charged in the homicide of T.Q. Harrison.

The suspect acted alone. There is no evidence in this case indicating any other family member or party was involved. The person that committed this crime will be held accountable.

These random shootings need to stop; bullets sprayed in neighborhoods do not have a name attached to them. Innocent men, women and children are subject to be shot and killed.

I am asking, “Please stop the violence.”

Chief Steve Cropper