LONGVIEW, Texas (KETK) – A 5-year-old boy who was hit by a stray bullet during a Shreveport shooting has died, and the accused shooter is in custody in Longview.
The accused shooter, Joseph Lee Smith, 33, was booked into the Gregg County Jail just before 9 p.m. Sunday and court records listed him as a fugitive from Shreveport.
On Saturday night, a 5-year-old boy and his mother were inside a hotel room on the first floor of a Super 8 motel in Shreveport when they were hit by a stray bullet. The mother was only grazed, but the boy was hit in the head. Their names have not yet been released by investigators.
The child was in critical condition and died days after being shot by a stray bullet. The mother was treated and released from a local hospital, according to our sister station KTAL.
The next day, Shreveport police received a tip that Smith was inside a Longview apartment. Detectives contacted the Longview Police Department, who took him into custody.
Records show that he is still being held in the Gregg County Jail and is currently awaiting extradition to Louisiana.