BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - "More communication, more cooperation" can be a hard message to sell because when it comes to police and community working together, the relationship is often strained these days.
However, at least one man in the Scotlandville neighborhood of Baton Rouge is hoping that can change. It wasn't long ago that police were on his street, near his home in the 2800 block of 73rd Avenue.
Back on March 1, somebody shot and killed Eddie Simon Jr., 21, right in his own front yard. Det. Scott Hodgins with the Baton Rouge Police Department was on the scene that early morning.
"He moved here from Detroit, trying to get away from the crime," Hodgins said.
As it turns out, the crime found him.
"We don't think it was completely random. We believe it was someone from the area. The witnesses may know that person or where they came from," Hodgins added.
But that means it's up to the neighborhood to get involved now. Dennis Green lives nearby and remembers that morning.
"I got up," Green said. "I never turned on my light. I just opened the door where they couldn't see the light."
He said the police were there very quickly, but the shooter, of course, had already taken off. Green has lived in the Scotlandville area since 2005. He doesn't get the lack of communication.
"I don't understand why you got to be put in that position, until that's your child. That man was 21 years old. I got a 22-year-old child," Green explained.
He doesn't want his son to end up on the wrong end of a bullet.
As detectives continue to work the case, they are concerned that one victim could possibly turn into more.
"If the suspect is willing to do this in this area, with people they know, who won't they do it to?" Hodgins questioned.
Detectives need help. They need the public's help in finding the man behind the gun, but that takes talking, which is something at least one neighbor is willing to do.
"This is your neighborhood. You need to be more aware of what's going on. You know what's going on and you won't say anything. My name is Dennis Green and I'm saying something," Green stated.
As it stands, the area could use a few more Dennis Greens.
Anyone with information about Simon's killing is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 344-7867, text CS225 plus your message to CRIMES (274637) or anonymously or go to www.crimestoppersbr.com.