BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A familiar problem for police and one they see time after time unfortunately is no arrests made in a crime that should have had many potential witnesses looking on.
In fact, the shooting death of Vincent Manuel, 38, of Baton Rouge really should have grabbed a lot of attention. It was the middle of the day and on a very busy street. Those are two ingredients that don't typically go into a murder scene.
But that's exactly what happened on May 19, 2009 in the 2400 block of Government Street in Baton Rouge. Manuel was sitting out on the porch of a house when someone else drove up. An argument began shortly after.
"The subject left in the vehicle, but returned several minutes later with a weapon," Det. Matt Johnson with the Baton Rouge Police Department said. "He fired several shots. At least one of them hit Mr. Manuel, killing him."
The shooting happened at 3:30 p.m. There are three businesses within a half block and Government Street is always busy. Police said whoever did this was very bold, very brazen.
Police also said the suspect was driving an older model, 1970s or 1980s, pickup with a black cab and a primer gray bed. He was last seen driving out of the area down St. Rose Street, which is just right across from where the shooting happened.
"Mr. Manuel was a guy who liked to hang out, liked to party, have a good time with his friends. He wasn't out there to hurt anybody," Johnson added.
Somebody was out there to hurt him, though, and even with all the potential witnesses, police still don't have what they need. Broad daylight, a busy street, surrounded by businesses, a very bold shooting. This is someone police would very much like to get off our streets. Even going on seven years later, the danger he poses is still very real.
Anyone with information is urged to make that phone call to Crime Stoppers (225) 344-7867.