UPDATE: I-20 Westbound Shut Down in Downtown Shreveport Early Thursday AM
Update 7:27 am:
Shreveport Police have now opened I-20 westbound in downtown Shreveport.
Update 7 am:
A representative for the Shreveport Police Department told KEEL News that officers responded to a traffic accident early this morning and found a male suffering from a gunshot wound to his head. The victim has been transported to a local hospital and detectives are on the scene investigating. I-20 westbound in downtown Shreveport remains closed. Motorists are being forced to exit at the Spring/Market Street exit.
Early morning motorists on I-20 westbound going through downtown Shreveport were caught by a surprise closing Thursday. I happened upon the detour on the way to work before the traffic had a chance to back up. From my vantage point, I couldn't see anything past the downtown overpass where we were stopped on the Red River bridge just prior to the Spring/Market Street exit. KSLA reports that crews were called to the scene at 3:40 am. As of 5:50 am, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development website still shows traffic being diverted.
According to Erin McCarty from KEEL News, Shreveport Police are investigating a shooting on I-20 near Fairfield. Law enforcement confirmed that they have shut down I-20 westbound just past the Red River bridge in downtown Shreveport. A dispatcher also told McCarty that a car had run into the wall near the bridge. We don't know if the two incidents are related. In the meantime, traffic continues to be re-routed. Please plan your morning travel accordingly.
This is a developing story that we will continue to update as information becomes available.