Police identify man killed in Alaska St. shooting; 7th BR homicide in 7 days

Source: WAFB
Source: WAFB

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A man was shot and killed Thursday night in Baton Rouge, the seventh homicide in as many days in the Capital City.

The Baton Rouge Police Department has identified the victim as Donald Smart, 49.

The shooting happened on Alaska Street a little after 11 p.m.

Sgt. L'Jean Mckneely Jr. with BRPD said Smart was found lying in the road between Aster Street and West Roosevelt Street. He added Smart had been shot multiple times.

"They just left him out here in the middle of the street like he didn't belong to nobody but he did," said the victim's niece, Ariel Smart. "They have to stop because when it gets like this, to innocent people, you wonder who's next."

Witnesses said paramedics tried to resuscitate him, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Family members of the victim arrived on the scene Friday morning and said he was on his way to work when the shooting happened.

Relatives said they believe their loved one was robbed and shot.

"You robbed him out of something that he trying to go get, he doesn't even have it yet. He was just trying to go get an honest living. Man, it's just sad," Ariel said.

They added he had a wife and three kids. The family is quite upset.

"He was a good man; he had kids to live for, too," said Ariel Smart, the victim's niece. "He didn't deserve to die like he did because he had a family that loved him. And he had a job, you know. He wasn't out here robbing people, scheming on people. He was just trying to go to work. He wasn't bothering nobody. And then to leave him in the middle of the street like a dog, that's just too much."

The general manager of Louie's Café, Fred Simonson, said if you're lucky, you get an employee like Donald, "The hardest working guy I've ever seen," he said.

Simonson said Donald, an employee for 20 years, was the diner's backbone, grinding during the overnight shifts, out-working everyone. "Donald's a standard that you measure yourself against as a worker, as a person who works. The bar was so high with that guy," Simonson said.

Family and friends said not only do they want justice for Donald but for potential killers to think twice about their actions. "He was just a good man. We're going to miss him," Ariel said.

A suspect has not been identified and remains on the loose. Mckneely said detectives have not yet established the motive.

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If you know anything that could help investigators, call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 344-7867. You could be eligible for a cash reward.

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