Crime Stoppers: The murder of Jovan Dumas is a cold case in the making

Crime Stoppers: The murder of Jovan Dumas is a cold case in the making
(Source: WAFB)
(Source: WAFB)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Two people shot, one person dead and a killer still out there. That's where the investigation stands in a Baton Rouge murder that is quickly approaching an anniversary. It is a tough spot to be for detectives trying to hunt down a killer.

It was the summer of 2015, and when the temperature heat up, scenes like the one that unfolded in the 1000 block of Baranco Street happen more often.

Baton Rouge Police were called in after a shooting happened in the Scotlandville area on July 11, 2015.

"Two people were struck, one person was killed," said Det. Logan Collins.

The person who was killed is 31-year-old Jovan Dumas. He was at a house there that evening as it was just beginning to get dark, sometime between 7 and 8 p.m.

"Jovan was sitting in a chair. Somebody approached from behind him and opened fire," Det. Collins recalled.

In fact, that chair is still there. Tossed aside across the street now, but it's still there.

Detectives are hoping, however, that the community doesn't treat this murder as just a throw away case. Especially since it looks like some real thought was put into this shooting.

"Based on the route we believe the shooter took, it was calculated. This wasn't just an argument. They planned to kill these people," Det. Collins said.

However, one survived. With that surviving victim, detectives were hoping to get something leading them in the right direction. Unfortunately, that hasn't happened yet.

"It appears the shooting was an ambush. They were taken by surprise. This is not a real well-lit area. It was dark, so they weren't able to see who was firing at them," Det. Collins said.

Police haven't heard much from the community either. This looks to be a cold case in the making. So, almost a year later, the killer remains unidentified, the case unsolved. Detectives believe, without any community help in this one, it will stay that way.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.

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