Minden Press-Herald

Oct 01st

Deputies working to identify Shongaloo shooters

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SHONGALOO — Kacey Daniels is locking the doors at her Shongaloo home now.

"I didn't think it would happen here," the Crossroads Grocery clerk said of a home invasion Friday afternoon that left one man shot.

"Stuff like that doesn't really happen around here," Daniels said. "I've been locking the doors and being extra careful."

Webster sheriff's deputies are working to identify and locate the two white men who went into Billy Collins' Bud Lee Road home and shot him around 12:30 p.m., Friday.

But Daniels might be one of just a few on edge — Crossroads Bar was business as usual Saturday afternoon with a few regular customers perched on their stools. Chatter was minimal with the sound of pool balls falling into the table's pockets over the rock music streaming from the jukebox. Or as one customer said, "it may have been talked out Friday night."

The Collins' home was the quintessential country residence Saturday morning — only one neighboring residence, rocking chair sitting on the front porch, flower beds and yard meticulously manicured other than a few sprigs of Bahaia grass.

Collins, 61, was home alone at the time of the invasion. Apparently, the two men entered through a window, Webster sheriff Gary Sexton said.

When Collins came out of the bathroom, they stood up from behind the kitchen bar where they had hidden apparently when they learned he was home, Sexton said.

Collins reportedly attempted to retrieve a gun he kept on top of the refrigerator and one of the men shot him with a small caliber handgun.

The bullet went through Collins' hand and struck him in the chest. Doctors said if the bullet had not hit his hand, it would have gone into his heart and been fatal, Sexton said.

The men exited out of the kitchen window they used to enter the home. Collins looked out the window to attempt to get another look at his attackers and called 911 from his cell phone. He then called his wife, who was out of town.

Collins was taken to a Shreveport hospital and is now recovering from his wound.

The only items taken from the home appear to be several prescriptions which were sitting on the bar in the kitchen, Sexton said.

Deputies are continuing to investigate leads to determine the identity of the shooters, Sexton said.






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