BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Crime tape, squad cars, detectives asking questions, and neighbors looking on. The setting for a Baton Rouge shooting at about 1 o'clock in the afternoon. A shooting that had officers on the scene within just moments according to the department. It's what they found there that remains a mystery to this day.
Eddie Marshall, 63, dead in the street right near the corner of Tennessee and East Polk back on April 19, 2014. Just a block down from Polk Elementary school.
Since that day they haven't received much help from the community. Maybe because there weren't many people out there?
"It was a sunny day, weather was nice," remembered Det. Scott Hodgins.
Plenty of people were out enjoying the day. So many in fact, Eddie Marshall was not the only victim according to Hodgins. "An innocent bystander was struck by a round." A woman simply crossing the street. She was shot, but made a full recovery. Collateral damage. Just caught in the wrong place at the wrong time.
"They didn't care at all," Hodgins said of the shooters. "They just started shooting."
They were just throwing bullets around, without any care for anyone. But there is no doubt who the intended target was investigators say.
"Usually if you're struck with that many rounds, somebody was out to get him. Somebody was out to get him."
Even though the grapevine has dried up to this point, it doesn't have to stay that way. And don't think what you know isn't important. "Sometimes it's a small tip. But sometimes that small tip is all we need to connect some dots," said Hodgins.
That ability to keep connecting the dots, putting a face and a name to the person behind the gun. And getting him off the streets, before more bullets get thrown around.
If you have any information about this crime, you are urged to call Crime Stoppers at 225-344-7867. You can remain anonymous.