Viral video catches fatal Louisiana shooting during Milk Crate challenge
SHREVEPORT, Louisiana: A shocking video emerged this week showing the moment a group of friends was shot during a drive-by shooting while filming TikTok’s viral Milk Crate Challenge. Three people died after the shooting.
The shooting incident reportedly took place on Sunday, August 22, outside Linwood Public Charter School, where the group was filming a video of "The Crate Challenge," a viral trend that sees people stacking up a pyramid of up to eight milk crates, try to climb the top, and then descend from the other side without falling. Crate Challenge videos have inundated social media, but the trend has been widely criticized after it resulted in a number of severe injuries, HITC reported.
A video shared on Twitter by the 'No Jumper' podcast showed a man attempting to walk across the black crates just moments before shots were fired. The group immediately disperses and the man filming the video appears to run for cover while shouting, "Get me my gun, get me my gun!"
In a longer version of the video, the person filming can reportedly also be heard exclaiming, "My baby!" Two people were shot outside the school at 5.36 pm, local news outlet KSLA News 12 later reported. Authorities responded to Circle K on East 70th Street at Gilbert Drive at 6.11 pm, where they found a woman dead in the backseat of a car. The victim was identified as 19-year-old Paris King.
A spokesman for the police said one person had tried to drive away from the scene but stopped after realizing the woman in the car had died. Meanwhile, the driver of the car, and another passenger did not suffer injuries. Authorities believe the two crime scenes are related. Meanwhile, it is unclear whether the man walking over the crates on the video was the one who was shot. Linwood Avenue, St. Vincent Avenue, and East 70th at Gilbert have been closed pending an investigation.
Netizens reacted to the drive-by shooting expressing shock and anger. "Wow them ppl in the crate challenge video where they started shooting died," one tweeted. "If people are shooting during a crate challenge, God knows what would happen if I’m out walking my damn dog. SMFH," another added.
"Still thinking about that damn Crate challenge shooting in Shreveport and shooting at that lounge in Atlanta this weekend. And I bet it was over something so dumb. Life shouldn't be disregarded this way," a comment read. "Not them trying to do the crate challenge in my city and someone started shooting. This is getting sad af," another chimed in.
Wow them ppl in the crate challenge video where they started shooting died 😩— T 👑 (@LSP___) August 24, 2021
If people are shooting during a crate challenge, God knows what would happen if I’m out walking my damn dog. SMFH— IG: Iamjoshsr (@iamjoshsr) August 23, 2021
Still thinking about that damn Crate challenge shooting in Shreveport and shooting at that lounge in Atlanta this weekend. And I bet it was over something so dumb. Life shouldn't be disregarded this way.— Slevin Kelevra (@DrunkUncTony) August 23, 2021
Not them trying to do the crate challenge in my city and someone started shooting 🥴🙄🤦🏾♀️.— 📿 Thick In The Waist Beads (@TooSweetFourYou) August 22, 2021
This is getting sad af
There have been 45 homicides in Shreveport, Louisiana, this year so far, per the most recent statistics available in June 2021. That's a whopping 96 percent increase from the previous year.
"We can and we must take immediate action to reduce gun violence plaguing our community," Shreveport Chief of Police Ben Raymond said at a press conference in May. "When did it become acceptable to allow our children and those whom we have influence over to carry illegal weapons?"