Breaking News – Double Homicide and Multiple Shooting Victims in Winnfield

Update 5-19-22 5:48 AM:
Winnfield Police Department Press Release

Update: 5/19/2022

As of print time, Kendall Reed was treated and released from RRMC while Damion Hardwell is listed as guarded, but stable condition and is expected to recover. The second deceased subject has been identified as Gretavious Burks, age 18, of Jonesboro, LA.

As a result of the investigation, 1 arrest has been made and more may follow. Booked into the City, then the Winn Parish Detention Center was Cameron Joe, age 18, of Hodge, LA. He is charged with 1st Degree Murder and is awaiting a 72-hr hearing at this time. More updates will follow as they occur.

Update 5-18-22 6:00 PM:
2nd Victim ID’d in Winnfield Shoot-out that Left 2 Dead – WPD Still Searching for Suspects

Investigators with the Winnfield Police Department have shared new information regarding the shooting overnight that left two dead and sent two others to the hospital.

Sgt. Andy Roberts stated that a teenager was the second deceased victim in last night’s shooting on Elliot Street. He was identified as Gregtavioun Burks, of Jonesboro, who was on the cusp of his 18th birthday when gunfire erupted.

“Burks [would have] turned 18 today,” said Roberts.

As previously reported, the other deceased victim was identified as Jatarion Starks, 24, of Winnfield.

Sgt. Roberts says the surviving victims are in critical but stable condition after being airlifted to Rapides Regional Trauma Center. He says around 23 (not 30 as originally reported) shots were fired inside the house and investigators believe the motive was drug-related because at least six pounds of marijuana was found all about the interior of the house.

Sgt. Roberts says they are searching for a suspect that left the house with two other people in a white Sedan. The suspect is thought to have been wounded in the abdomen or right arm.

Roberts also said the time of the incident was closer to 11:30 PM, later than what was reported in the first news release. 

Anyone with information pertaining to this incident is asked to call Sgt. Andy Roberts with the Winnfield Police Department at (318)628-3511.

Original Story:
Winnfield Police Department Press Release

Tuesday night at approximately 10:20 pm, a Winnfield officer responded to multiple gunshots fired at 501 Elliott Street in Winnfield to discover 2 deceased victims and 2 other gunshot victims.

Detectives and officers with the Winnfield Police Department worked all night processing the crime scene for evidence in the double homicide.

Jatarion Starks, age 24 of Winnfield, was pronounced dead on the scene. Another unidentified b/m subject was also pronounced dead.

The other 2 injured persons were Damion Hardwell and Kendall Reed. Both were airlifted to Rapides Regional Trauma Center. Their condition is unknown at the time of this report.

Detectives reported that over 30 rounds of ammunition were fired within the house from several types of guns. Also found were over 10 pounds of illegal marijuana.

The investigation is continuing. Sources report that at least 3 other people were involved and seen fleeing the scene in a white sedan.

Anyone with information pertaining to this incident or possible identification of the second deceased person may call the Winnfield Police Department at (318)628-3511. Sgt. Andy Roberts is the lead investigator in this case. Identification is of utmost importance so that his family can be properly notified.

The Winnfield Police Department would like to extend its appreciation to the different agencies that responded to this incident, including the Winn Parish Sheriff’s Office, the Winnfield Fire and Rescue, and Advance EMS Services.

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