Three men, two of whom are nursing gunshot wounds, have been arrested in connection with a shooting in west Shreveport after a drug deal turned sour.
Jerry Godbey, 56, and Jawuan Dotie, 22, and Darnell Smith, 27, were taken into custody today, though Smith will be taken to jail upon his release from the hospital.
It began at 9:17 this morning (July 12, 2012) when Shreveport Police patrol officers were dispatched to the 3800 block of Michigan Boulevard relative to a shooting.
A concerned citizen reported to dispatchers several male subjects were involved in a shooting there and the participants fled the scene of the crime. Upon arrival, officers were able to locate a crime scene, and within moments spotted a vehicle near the interchange of Jewella Avenue and Interstate 20 that had been seen leaving the area.
Patrolmen conducted a traffic stop and subsequently found Smith in the car suffering from a single gunshot wound to the buttocks. Smith was transported to LSU Medical Center by the Shreveport Fire Department with what was described as a non-life-threatening injury.
Another man in the vehicle, identified as Godbey, was transported to the Shreveport Police Complex for questioning.
At the same time, authorities were notified that Dotie was at Willis-Knighton Medical Center in the 2600 block of Greenwood Road seeking treatment for a gunshot wound to the arm. Dotie apparently drove himself to the hospital following the incident on Michigan Boulevard. His injury is reported to be non-life threatening as well.
Detectives discovered Smith and Godbey, both of Texas, allegedly came to Shreveport to conduct a transaction involving the distribution of illegal narcotics and, in furtherance of that endeavor, met with another group of men on Michigan Boulevard.
During the course of the drug deal, at least two of the suspects produced handguns and began firing the shots that ultimately wounded both Dotie and Smith.
Godbey, of Savoy, Texas, was booked into the Shreveport City Jail on one count of possession of a Schedule IV narcotic and illegal possession of a weapon during a drug crime.
Smith, of Sherman, Texas, was charged with one count of attempted second degree murder and Dotie, of the 500 block of East Stoner Avenue in Shreveport, was booked into the Shreveport City Jail on one count of attempted first degree murder.
Smith's booking photo will not be available until he is released from the hospital.
Investigators recovered two weapons and a small quantity of narcotics during their inquiry and they are working at this time to determine if any other persons will face charges in this matter.
Anyone with any information regarding this crime should contact Shreveport-Caddo Parish Crime Stoppers at 318-673-7373 or www.lockemup.org