Family and friends say man was shot while dropping off baby supplies

Police said the victim was shot at Renaissance Gateway Apartments. (Source: WAFB)
Police said the victim was shot at Renaissance Gateway Apartments. (Source: WAFB)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Police are investigating a shooting in the parking lot of an apartment complex that left a man dead Tuesday evening.

Family and friends identified the victim as Kedrick Ricard, 28, of Baton Rouge. They are calling the shooting a vicious act of violence. Police later confirmed the identity.

The Baton Rouge Police Department reported the shooting happened at Renaissance Gateway Apartments on North Ardenwood Drive, which is just off Florida Boulevard, around 6:15 p.m. Police detained a possible suspect for questioning, but that person is not believed to be involved and was not arrested.

Relatives said the father of six was dropping off baby supplies to the mother of his 8-month-old child when he was shot. They added a man was arguing loudly with a woman and asked Ricard if he had a problem. They also said the man then followed Ricard and shot him from behind several times.

"In the broad open of the daytime for someone to just take a good father away from their children, it's just sad," a family friend said. "It's pitiful. It's pitiful. I could never ever say he was a bad person. He wasn't an out person. He wasn't a violent person. He was a hard working young man."

Investigators said the victim was taken to a hospital where he later died.

The investigation into the deadly shooting is ongoing.

If you have information on this case, call Crime Stoppers at 344-7867.

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