The Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office is actively searching for the person responsible for a drive-by shooting that happened on Sunday, Feb. 3rd on Highway 171 near Billy Goat Hill in New Llano. Detectives are searching for any information about the shooter, and why this violent act took place.

“The investigation into the incident is ongoing,” said VPSO Detective Rhonda Jordan. “Detectives are still conducting interviews with witnesses.”

The victim, Joshua McBride, was riding in the passenger seat of a vehicle when another vehicle pulled into the adjacent lane. Multiple shots were fired at the vehicle, one of which struck McBride.

McBride was taken to a local hospital before being transferred to Rapides Regional Medical Center in Alexandria.

The gunshot has left McBride paralyzed from the neck down, and he cannot breathe without the assistance of a ventilator. His family has stayed by his side throughout and have faith that recovery is possible.

His sister Nikko Walters gave an update on his condition and spoke about his future care. “Medically he is paralyzed from the neck down and cannot breathe on his own. But we are a Christian family and we know God can turn this all around. He is still at Rapides in Alexandria in ICU. Once they find him a bed, he will be moved to an acute long term care facility. We expect within the next couple of weeks. Thank you to you and your family for the prayers and for posting the article. We are grateful,” Walters said.

The family has started an online fundraiser at GoFundMe.com.

It can be found by logging on to the website and looking up the Joshua McBride Shakeback fund.

McBride was working on a college degree and is also a father to two young children. Walters described her brother as a good, hardworking man who cared deeply about his family.

“He’s a good person hands down. This has been extremely hard on our family and his friends. This was a senseless act of violence that has shook our small community, but we know God is a miracle worker and Josh will get through this,” Walters said.

The fundraiser allows anyone to donate any amount they feel to the family to assist them with the cost of McBride’s medical care. The family has also expressed gratitude to all that have prayed for them and made donations so far.