Seventh and final arrest made in Ewell Park shooting

By Bonnie Culverhouse

Seven was a lucky number for Minden Police, but not for a local man who is the seventh and latest arrest from last Spring’s shooting at Ewell Park.

Howard Jerome Collins Jr., 21, (Alias: Doodleberry) of the 1300 block of Lee St., Minden, was arrested during a status hearing for criminal gang activity in 26th Judicial District Court Monday. He is an alleged member of the TTS gang (Trained to Step).

His new charges include 3 counts of attempted 2nd degree murder and one count of illegal use of weapons in a crime of violence. Police say Collins was the final alleged shooter still at large.

Four persons were shot during the permitted event at city-owned Ewell Park last April. According to reports, two rival gangs were shooting at one another across an area containing adults and children.

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