Starks, Louisiana’s David Doyle shoots girl playing hide and seek, booked into Calcasieu Correctional Center


David V. Doyle, 58, of Starks, Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana, United States previously lived in Houma, Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana. Shortly before 1:00 a.m. on May 7, 2023, he observed shadows outside his home, went inside, retrieved his firearm and went back outside, according to him.

Doyle claimed that he observed people running away from his property so he started shooting at them and unknowingly hit a girl, 14. She was shot at the back of her head.


At the time, the girl and several juveniles were playing hide and seek in the area and were hiding on the neighbor’s property, according to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office. She was transported to a hospital outside Starks to be treated for non-life threatening injuries.

The area of the shooting is a dead-end road. The only neighbors of the girl’s family are a relative to the family and Doyle.


Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested Doyle. He was charged with illegal discharge of a firearm, aggravated battery and four counts of aggravated assault with a firearm.

Doyle’s bond is still pending. He was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center in Lake Charles, Calcasieu Parish.

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