Natchitoches Police investigate shooting on University Parkway

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The Natchitoches Police Department is investigating a shooting Friday, March 4 around 6:37 p.m. on University Parkway near the Highway 1 By-Pass.
Officers, Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies and University Police officers responded to 3000 block of University Parkway in reference to an individual being shot. They located a person that was struck several times by gunfire. That person was airlifted to a hospital in Rapides Parish and is listed in critical but stable condition.
Law enforcement made contact with several witnesses who told officers the incident began when one of the parties involved was almost hit by a car in the business parking lot. This caused both parties involved to exchange words that led to a physical altercation inside the store and in the parking lot. After the physical altercation, one of the individuals involved returned to his vehicle and brandished a firearm, which led to both participants exchanging gunfire.
Investigators spoke with one of the individuals involved and are scheduled to meet with the other party once their condition at the hospital improves.
This is an ongoing investigation and the Natchitoches Police Department will release more details as they become available.
To report suspicious activity, contact the Natchitoches Police Department at (318) 352-8101. Anyone with additional information in regards to this investigation should contact Detective Trent Perritt at (318) 238-3914. Remember all information given shall remain confidential.
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Call Natchitoches Crime Stoppers at (318) 238-2388. All tips remain confidential and the caller can receive a cash reward up to $2,000 for the arrest of an offender.