Teen shot in shoulder today at Charles Park apartment

The Alexandria Police Department is investigating a shooting that occurred today in front of a Charles Park apartment complex off of  Charleston Circle, according to published reports.

Zachary Ackel, 18, of Alexandria, was shot in the shoulders.

The Town Talk reported that Ackel told police that he was talking to a friend at the apartments in the 4400 block of Charleston Circle when a man came up to him and shot him.

Alexandria Police Sgt. Ronnie Besson said the investigation shows Ackel and the assailant may have been acquaintances.

The gunman was described as black man wearing baggy blue jeans shorts and a blue baseball cap. It is unclear how the man left the scene.

Ackel was taken to Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital where he is being treated for his wound.

Anyone with information is asked to call Alexandria Police at (318) 449-5099 or Rapides Parish Crime Stoppers at (318) 443-7867.

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