Louisiana Man Arrested After He Shoots in Head Girl Playing Hide-and-Seek on His Property, Sheriff says

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Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office; UNSPLASH

May 9 2023, Updated 9:45 a.m. ET

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A Louisiana man is behind bars following the shooting of a teenager who was playing hide-and-seek with other juveniles on his property, authorities said.

On the morning of May 7, deputies from the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a shooting at a home in Starks.

At the scene, deputies found a 14-year-old girl who had suffered a gunshot wound to the back of her head.

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An investigation determined that “several juveniles were playing hide and seek in the area and were hiding on the neighbor’s property,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement.


Detectives identified the alleged shooter as the property’s owner, David V. Doyle, 58.

According to the sheriff’s office, Doyle said he “observed shadows outside his home, at which time he went inside and retrieved his firearm.”

Doyle then told detectives that “he went back outside and observed people running away from his property, at which time he began shooting at them and unknowingly hit the girl,” the sheriff’s office said.

Deputies took Doyle into custody and he was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center on multiple charges, including aggravated battery, aggravated assault with a firearm, and illegal discharge of a firearm.

The sheriff’s office said the victim was being treated for her non-life-threatening injuries.


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