UPDATE: Monroe Police address social distancing after 2 shootings Tuesday night


MONROE, LA (03/25/20)– Last night there were two shootings in Monroe. The city’s police department has given an update in both cases and is reminding people to not gather in big groups and when you see something happen to always call the police first.

On Tuesday around 4:30 P.M. The Monroe Police Department received a call about a disturbance of a large group at Roy Shelling Elementary.

“The fight turned into a shooting and one person was shot, that we know of, and several rounds were fired at the school area,” said Don Bartley, Assistant Chief of police/ MPD.

Monroe police officials say they have identified vehicles in the shooting and have arrested two individuals Wednesday morning. 27-year-old Kalin Hamilton was booked into Ouachita Parish Correctional Center and his brother was also arrested but has not been booked yet.

Kalin Hamilton

“Children were playing at an apartment complex across from the school and we don’t want anyone to get injured, especially the innocent people,” said Bartley.

The gun violence didn’t stop there, fast forward to 11 P.M. Tuesday night. There was another shooting in the Robinson Place Subdivision in Monroe where 3 people were shot. None of the victims died and police are working on leads.

“Out of these two shootings, 4 firearms have been recovered. So that makes a total of 39 firearms that we recovered in approximately the last two months, which is pretty significant in itself,” said Bartley.

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused schools to let out and don’t allow gatherings of more than 10 people. MPD says they want everyone to be safe during this time.

“We don’t want a large crowd together right now, one because its dangerous with the virus going around and another thing it’s against the law right now,” said Bartley.

Parents can make sure their kids are following this law as well, which could help stop shootings in Monroe.

“We’re responsible for the safety of everyone in Monroe, but parents can certainly help at this time,” said Bartley.

Both shootings are still being investigated by the Monroe Police Department. MPD says they will be patrolling the city on the lookout for people who are gathered in groups bigger than 10 people.

MONROE, La. — The Monroe Police Department is currently investigating a shooting on Elm Street.

According to police, the shooting was reported around 4:30 PM in the parking lot of Roy Neal Shelling Elementary School.

Police say that around 50 people were in the parking lot at the time of the shooting and then ran to the apartment complex across the street.

When police arrived on the scene, there were no shooting victims. Police say a man did show up at St. Francis Medical Center with a gunshot wound to his hand, possibly from fragments.

Police say that one person has been arrested and more arrests are expected.

This is an ongoing investigation and we will continue to update this article as more information becomes available.

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