Teen shot multiple times; shooter throws explosive device into house

A teen was shot in a drive-by shooting and the shooter reportedly threw a grenade into the house (Source: WAFB)
A teen was shot in a drive-by shooting and the shooter reportedly threw a grenade into the house (Source: WAFB)
A 16-year-old was reportedly shot on Avenue J early Friday morning (Source: Google Maps)
A 16-year-old was reportedly shot on Avenue J early Friday morning (Source: Google Maps)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - There are still many unanswered questions after an attack on a family that left a teenager badly wounded in Baton Rouge early Friday morning.

The incident happened on Avenue J near Woodcock Street.

"I know they want me dead," said the homeowner. "This has been going on all week since he got arrested."

Those chilling words were spoken by the man whose family was attacked. He's so scared for his safety that he asked for his face to be hidden and his name not used.

"They were coming after me. That was for me," he added.

The homeowner said someone drove by and launched what he calls a "grenade" into his house around 5 a.m., but it didn't go off, so he pulled his wife and two sons into the hallway, called 911, and waited.

But, that's when things took a turn for the worse. The homeowner said whoever tried to bomb his home returned less than 30 minutes later.

"As I was getting on the couch, soon as I was relaxed, I'm talking bullets coming through like crazy, just falling out and I see my son, so I go there to run and hold him and go talk to him to tell him to just be cool and I'm praying that the police hurry up and pull up," he explained.

The homeowner's son was hit by three bullets. As he lay bleeding, the family called 911 again.

"Crawling to my son, as he is bleeding on the floor, trying to rub and comfort him," said the homeowner.

The Baton Rouge Police Department reported the officers arrived to find the violent scene and discovered what they described as a "possible grenade/explosive device." As paramedics took the teen to the hospital, crews from the Baton Rouge Bomb Squad and ATF cleared the house and safely detonated the device around 9 a.m.

While police work to figure out who attacked the home and why, the homeowner claims he knows the shooter. He added he was targeted because the shooter believes he snitched in another shooting investigation.

"It's retaliation for him just not liking me or assuming I called police, took a picture of his license plate, and got him arrested," the homeowner added.

Police said they are looking into the claims of retaliation.

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