Infant dies after being shot in chest; father charged

Preliminary investigation indicates that the shooting might have been accidental, police say

Infant dies after being shot in chest; father charged
A 19-month-old boy was shot in his chest at 6:03 p.m. Feb. 7 at a residence on Merwin Street in Shreveport. Preliminary investigation indicates the shooting might have been accidental, police Cpl. Marcus Hines said. (Source: Scott Pace/KSLA News 12)

SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - An infant has died after being shot in the chest in Shreveport — and his father is in police custody.

Derrick Wright, 29
Derrick Wright, 29 (Source: SPD)

Kayson Wright, 19 months old, was shot at 6:03 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7 on the 3900 block of Merwin Street. That’s in the Country Club Hills neighborhood in west Shreveport.

The infant was rushed to Ochsner LSU Health in Shreveport where he later died at 6:25 p.m. Four people were in the house when the shooting occurred, police Cpl. Marcus Hines said.

His father, Derrick Wright, 29 is charged with one count of manslaughter. He was taken into custody late Friday night.

An autopsy was ordered at Ochsner.

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