LPSO busy with investigating two shootings

The Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office has confirmed two shootings occurred Tuesday afternoon just west of Ruston, leaving one woman dead and a man injured. 

Authorities have identified Donovan Hart, 18, as a suspect in the shootings. Detectives are requesting anyone with information regarding Hart’s whereabouts to contact Crimestoppers at 318-255-1111, text a tip to “TIP515 plus your message” to CRIMES (274637) or submit a tip online at www.rustonlincolncrimestoppers.com

Hart should be considered armed and dangerous. 

According to Matt Henderson of the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office, the two shootings are being handled as separate incidents at this time. One shooting occurred on Green Lane off U.S. Highway 80 just west of the Ruston city limits. A woman was killed in that incident. The victim’s name was identified a LaTonia Moore, 38.

The second shooting took place at the Peachland Mobile Home Park off U.S. 80. In that incident, a man was shot and seriously injured. He has reportedly undergone surgery. His name has not been released.

LPSO detectives responded to the two scenes and began gathering evidence and searching for witnesses. 

Green Lane and the Peachland Park are adjacent to the one another less than a mile west of the Ruston city limits.

A rumor circulated Tuesday afternoon shortly after the incidents of an active shooter and a lockdown at Northern Louisiana Medical Center. The LPSO and the City of Ruston quickly confirmed that was not true. When the shooting victim was taken to the hospital, a large crowd followed. The hospital locked the emergency room doors to prevent the large crowd from loitering within the building. The report of an active shooter and lockdown were erroneous. 

No arrests have been made as of Wednesday afternoon, Henderson said, but the sheriff’s office is continuing to investigate both cases.

LPSO is requesting information regarding these shootings and asks anyone with information to notify Ruston-Lincoln Crimestoppers. Information can be given in several ways: call (318) 255-1111, text a tip to “TIP515 plus your message” to CRIMES (274637), or submit a tip online at http://www.rustonlincolncrimestoppers.com. Callers do not have to give their names.