While city discusses violence, two more shootings occur

Even while city leaders conducted a meeting about growing violence in the community, the shooting of the week was underway in South Monroe.

The shooting incident involved two men who shot at each other and two people were wounded.

According to the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s office, Deputies responded to a shooting in the 100 block of Michael Circle in Monroe Monday evening at 8:20 p.m.  A gunshot victim was located inside the residence and taken to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

Deputies say, the investigation into the shooting determined it actually occurred in the 100 block of Betty Drive. Stemming from an earlier altercation between them, Bileejah Riley allegedly went to the residence of James Warren in the 100 block of Betty Drive. Riley was reportedly armed with a handgun and shot Warren as Warren was standing in his yard.  Warren was reportedly armed and shot at Riley, during which it is believed one of Warren’s rounds traveled in the direction of Michael Circle and struck the victim inside his residence.

Warren was treated at a local hospital for his injuries.  Riley has been booked into OCC on the charges of 2 counts of Attempted 2nd Degree Murder.

The victim found inside the Michael Circle residence is not being identified at this time.

The shooting is another in a string of uninterrupted weekly shootings in Ouachita. Recently Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo announced that he would be hosting another series of community meetings to discuss violence in the community.

He said FBI statistics show that violent crime in Monroe is down by 38 percent, but there has been an uptick in murders this year.

The violent incidents have been occurring in all three areas of the parish: City of Monroe, Ouachita Parish and the City of West Monroe.