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‘Duck Dynasty’ Star's Estate Targeted In Drive-By Shooting, Police Say
No one was injured during the shooting at Willie Robertson's Louisiana property, and authorities have not yet said what the alleged shooter’s motive could be.
A Louisiana man has been arrested in connection to a drive-by shooting that authorities say targeted the estate of “Duck Dynasty” patriarch Willie Robertson.
Following an investigation, deputies with the Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office arrested Daniel King Jr. in connection to the shooting, the office said in a Facebook post Saturday. King has been charged with one count of aggravated assault by drive by shooting, as well as criminal neglect of family, online jail records show.
He remains in custody as of Monday morning, having not posted $150,000 bond.
Authorities were called to Robertson’s property in West Monroe after an unidentified gunman in a truck opened fire on Robertson’s two homes on Friday afternoon, authorities said. The person driving the vehicle was described by witnesses as a young, white male, and others were reportedly seen in the car with him.
No one was injured during the shooting, but witnesses said that both homes were struck by bullets, USA Today reports. Robertson told the outlet that one of the shots penetrated a bedroom window of the home where his son, John Luke Robertson, lives with his wife and baby.
“We were pretty shook up,” Robertson told USA Today on Sunday, adding that eight to 10 shots were fired. “It looks like they were just spraying bullets across my property.”
Robertson’s homes are located a significant distance away from the road and are protected by both a fence and a gate, according to USA Today. Robertson said that he was away from home, at the store, when the shooting happened, and while no one was outside when the gunman opened fire, they had been outside a mere five minutes beforehand.
Prior to the shooting, witnesses also saw the gunman’s truck driving past the property at least once, Robertson told the Monroe News-Star. He said that he felt certain that the suspects were local and that they were aware that it was his estate that they were shooting at.
Robertson’s family rose to reality TV fame as the stars of A&E’s “Duck Dynasty,” which aired between 2012 and 2017 and which showcased the family’s life operating a business selling gear for duck hunters.
As officials continue to instruct most citizens to stay at home to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, Robertson told the News-Star that many of his loved ones have been living together at the family estate.
Police have not stated what King’s alleged motive might have been.