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Marksville shooting occurs near Little League game

Published: Apr. 28, 2021 at 9:51 PM CDT|Updated: Apr. 29, 2021 at 5:22 PM CDT
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MARKSVILLE, La. (KALB) - A shooting incident near a Little League park in Marksville sent people scrambling Wednesday night.

According to witnesses, the shooting took place around 7:20 p.m. in the area of a basketball court on MLK Drive, which is next to the back of the D.A. Jordan Sports Complex. That is where the Marksville Little League holds their games. From witnesses at the scene, they say people hit the ground and children were crying.

Marksville Little League President Torrick Friels said no one at the baseball field was injured. He said there was a Marksville police officer at the ballpark who saw what happened, and moments later, police had stopped a car on Highway 1 in Marksville.

“Our first and only priority is the safety of our kids, coaching staff and everyone there to cheer on their team,” Friels said. “We are saddened and discouraged, and will be holding emergency board meetings to determine the next steps that need to be taken.”

We reached out to Marksville Police for more information. They said that they responded to a shots-fired call from the officer at the scene. We’re told the shots were towards a group of individuals playing basketball, near the baseball field.

MPD said officers were dispatched and found a black Dodge Charger traveling on Preston Street and they attempted to make a traffic stop. The driver refused to stop and led MPD, APSO deputies and the Tunica Biloxi Tribal Police Department on a brief pursuit that ended at the intersection of S. Preston and Tunica Drive.

Six individuals were taken into custody:

  • Ladarrius Matthews, 18 of Morganza, was charged with terrorizing, illegal possession of a stolen firearm, possession of SCH I, possession of a firearm with narcotics, aggravated assault with a firearm, contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile and introduction of contraband into a penal system.
  • Romeo Matthews, 19 of Morganza, was charged with terrorizing, illegal possession of a stolen firearm, aggravated assault with a firearm and contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile.
  • Damari Williams, 18, of Morganza, was charged with terrorizing, illegal possession of a stolen firearm, aggravated assault with a firearm and contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile.
  • Treshawn Allen, 19 of Morganza, was charged with terrorizing, illegal possession of a stolen firearm, aggravated assault with a firearm and contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile.
  • Tyler Williams, 21 of Morganza, was charged with terrorizing, illegal possession of a stolen firearm, aggravated assault with a firearm and contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile.
  • A 16-year-old juvenile of Morganza was charged with terrorizing, illegal possession of a stolen firearm and aggravated assault with a firearm.

MPD says the investigation is still ongoing. We are awaiting booking photos of the suspects and will provide more information once it becomes available.

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