Police arrest suspect in fatal shooting of 50-year-old

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The Baton Rouge Police Department has in custody the suspected shooter in an early Sunday morning fatal shooting.

Detectives with BRPD, in collaboration with the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office, arrested Taher Toom, 53, of Hammond, Sunday in connection to a fatal shooting in the 12000 block of Parnell Dr. around 1:45 a.m., authorities say.

According to police, the body of Zakaria Toom, 50, of Baton Rouge, was found inside the residence. The victim sustained apparent gunshot injuries during the shooting, police say, and died on the scene.

The probable cause report states that a witness told police that Taher confronted Zakaria. At some point Taher allegedly hit Zakaria in the head with the gun, then shot Zakaria multiple times after he fell to the ground.

Authorities say the investigation is still ongoing for any potentials motives.

Taher Toom was transported to the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison where he is being held on charges of second-degree murder and illegal use of a weapon.

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