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UPDATE: Suspect arrested and charged in the Winnfield shoot-out that left 2 dead

The incident could be drug-related
Published: May. 18, 2022 at 12:20 PM CDT|Updated: May. 18, 2022 at 6:38 PM CDT
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UPDATE REPORT ON THURSDAY (2:00 p.m.) - The Winnfield Police Department has identified Cameron Joe 18, of Hodge as the suspect in the double homicide that occurred Tuesday night around 10:30 p.m. Police say he’s being charged with 1st-degree murder and around 7 p.m. last night the owner of the white Sedan came in with her son who was the driver, then gave police a full statement that helped them put everything together.

UPDATED REPORT - (6:00 p.m.)

Investigators with the Winnfield Police Department have shared new information with KNOE regarding the shooting overnight that left two dead and sent two others to the hospital.

Sgt. Andy Roberts told KNOE that a teenager was the second deceased victim in last night’s shooting on Elliot Street. He was identified as Gregtavioun Burks, of Jonesboro, who was on the cusp of his 18th birthday when gunfire erupted.

“Burks [would have] turned 18 today,” said Roberts told KNOE.

As previously reported, the other deceased victim was identified as Jatarion Starks, 24, of Winnfield.

Sgt. Roberts says the surviving victims are in critical but stable condition after being airlifted to Rapides Regional Trauma Center. He says around 23 shots were fired inside the house and investigators believe the motive was drug-related because at least six pounds of marijuana was found all about the interior of the house.

Sgt. Roberts says they are searching for a suspect that left the house with two other people in a white Sedan. The suspect is thought to have been wounded in the abdomen or right arm.

Roberts also said the time of the incident was closer to 11:30 p.m. than what was reported in the first news release. (Those numbers have been corrected in the original report below.)

ORIGINAL REPORT - 12:20

WINNFIELD, La. (KNOE) - Authorities are investigating a double homicide after 23 rounds were fired inside a house in Winnfield.

According to a Winnfield Police Department news release published by the Winn Parish Journal, it happened Tuesday night around 10:30 p.m. in the 500 block of Elliot Street.

Upon arrival, police found four gunshot victims. Two victims were already dead. Two were airlifted to a hospital in Rapides Parish for treatment. Their conditions are unknown at the time of this report.

Additionally, at least three unidentified people were seen fleeing the area.

Police were able to confirm the identity of one of the deceased victims. They say the deceased victim is Jatarion Starks, 24, of Winnfield.

Police were not able to identify the second deceased victim so they are asking anyone who might know who this person is to come forward with that information.

And if you have any information on the identities of the three people who left the scene, WPD would like to know that as well. You can contact them at (318) 628-3511.

Read the full news release at the Winn Parish Journal.

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