Sheriff: 5-year-old finds mother shot dead from stray bullet


RINGGOLD, La. (AP) — Authorities in Louisiana say a woman’s 5-year-old child found her shot dead after a stray bullet went through her apartment.

Bienville Parish Sheriff John Ballance tells KSLA-TV 31-year-old Shanette Carter was shot Saturday night in Ringgold. Ballance says a fight in the complex’s parking lot led to the shooting.

Authorities believe two people were targeted during the shooting as they were running up a stairwell to get away from the fight, and one bullet went through Carter’s apartment as she was sitting on her couch.

Authorities say the child came out to tell neighbors the woman wouldn’t wake up. The neighbors went to check and realized she was dead.

One of the people targeted was shot but their condition, as well as the other person’s, is unclear. Authorities are investigating.

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