Man killed, fiancée seriously wounded in home invasion shooting

Fredrickia Young, mother of victim (Source: WAFB)
Fredrickia Young, mother of victim (Source: WAFB)
Source: WAFB
Source: WAFB

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Police are investigating a shooting that left one man dead and his wounded his fiancee.

The Baton Rouge Police Department responded to Lorraine Street near Hollywood Street around 6:40 p.m. Wednesday.

Officials say Decoty Joseph, 28, died at the scene. His fiancée, a 26-year-old woman, is in the hospital. Joseph's family has identified her at Tanachia Victorian.

The mother of Joseph, Fredrickia Young, is now having to deal with the loss of her son. "Too kind-hearted, very free-hearted, and loved his kids," she said.

Investigators said an unknown suspect entered the home, demanded money and jewelry, then shot the couple. Three small children were also in the house at the time but were unharmed. The children, family said, range in age from 3 to 11. They were taken away from the scene by family and friends of the victims.

Neighbors of the couple can't believe violence disrupted their quiet street. "It kinda' threw me for a shock. I was like, wow, 'cause see I knew both of them personally," said Norris Sellers.

Tamara Hubbard's niece attends school with the oldest child of the couple. Hubbard said she was standing outside when the shooting happened, just feet from her front door. "Police comes from this way and asked us, did we hear gunshots? And we're like, no we didn't hear anything," she said.

However, Young, who was heading back home after stopping by to visit her son only a few hours before, started to hear rumors of a shooting. "We finally drove here 'cause, like I said, we had just pulled off, not even two hours ago. We had to double right back and when I got here... so many people," said Young.

Young pulled back up to chaos. Her son's once peaceful home had turned into a crime scene. "Who would have the heart to do something with kids in the house," asked Joseph's mother.

Young said her son was taken too soon and she believes by someone he may know. "He would never open the door for anybody he didn't know. Ya know, many times I've come here and said, friends, that's not your friend," she said.

Charles Thompson showed up at the scene in shock and said he'd just seen the couple earlier Wednesday.

"They're good people. They're very good people," he said. "They had planned on getting married together. They take care of their kids. And I used to come over here and do odd jobs for them, and they used to pay me 'cause I was unemployed at the time, and they helped me out."

Authorities say this is an ongoing investigation and there is currently no known motive. Police ask anyone with information on the shooting to call the Violent Crimes Unit at 225-389-4869 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 225-344-7867.

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