Investigators looking for shooter; residents worried

Oakleigh Apartments (Source: WAFB)
Oakleigh Apartments (Source: WAFB)

Investigators are looking for the person who shot and killed a 25-year-old man early Friday morning at the Oakleigh apartments on Perkins Road. People who live nearby are worried about a spike in crime in the area because of some of the people who are moving there.

A wooden gate separates the Oakleigh apartment complex from the Oak Hills subdivision. Residents say the fence didn't keep a few bad seeds from entering their neighborhood.

"About a year and half or so ago, they broke these boards back here and they came through. They caught them. They were young kids...probably 15 or 16 years old. They broke the window down...took my plasma TV off my wall and took some other things out the house," said a resident who did not what to be identified.

The homeowner says things had calmed down in the area----until Friday morning. Around 5:30 a.m., East Baton Rouge Sheriff's deputies responded to reports of shots fired at the Oakleigh apartments. Deputies found 25-year-old John Coates dead in the parking lot.

"I certainly would hate to see things like this happen. I'm not shocked, but I'm really disappointed," said the resident who did not want to be identified.

Oak Hills resident Troy Moreau says violent crime in a usually quiet part of town reflects what's happen across the metro area.

"I think if you talk to anyone in law enforcement, they'll tell you pretty much right now in Baton Rouge this is pretty commonplace. And that's the scary part," said Moreau. "Not that it's just happening in my backyard but also it's happening all over the parish."

Moreau says he's glad initiatives like are focusing on certain parts of the parish, but he says this is a reminder crime is no longer isolated to one part of town.

"It doesn't matter where you are or where you live in East Baton Rouge Parish or any of the surrounding's going to be here. As long as there are programs like that, and they take and expand them then I'm sure that is certainly something that will help," said Moreau.

Management for Oakleigh apartments would not comment. 

Investigators can still use your help finding whoever shot John Coates. If you have any information on this morning's homicide, call Crime Stoppers at 344-STOP (7867).

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