Crime Stoppers: A final walk

Crime Stoppers: Calvin Gholar murder

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Imagine for a moment that you're walking down the street, minding your own business, when bullets suddenly start flying and they are aimed at you.

According to police, that's exactly what happened to Calvin Gholar right before he became a Baton Rouge murder victim.

On April 30, 2014, he experienced a situation many drivers have found ourselves in - not the shooting, but car trouble. It's happened to all of us at some point. You pull over, figure out the issue and maybe start walking.

You probably don't ever think that it will be your last walk. That last walk started at the corner of Neosho Avenue and Sorrel Avenue, which is just a couple of blocks off the Capitol Lake.

"At some point, he had a problem with his vehicle," said Det. Caan Castleberry with the Baton Rouge Police Department. "We think he ran out of gas."

There are no gas stations in the immediate area, so a good walk was ahead of Gholar if he wanted to get back on the road.

"We think he grabbed a gas can out of his car and walked off towards Scenic [Highway]," Castleberry recalled.

Investigators think he walked along the train tracks before getting to Scenic. There were still no gas stations there, so he headed south.

"He made it to the 2000 block of Scenic Highway," Castleberry added.

Why didn't he make it the whole way? Because he was shot multiple times and left to die along the road. He walked for a little more than a mile with that gas can in his hand. When police found him, it was lying beside him. He never made it.

Was this just a random crime of opportunity? Somebody is seen walking down the street and someone decides to take them out?

Detectives aren't sure if somebody rolled up on him or simply walked up on him. Whatever way it happened and whoever did it, it was a cold-blooded ambush. He never had a chance.

However, you can possibly give detectives a better chance at solving this one. If you know something, you are strongly urged to call 344-7867.

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