BRPD investigates deadly shooting near wastewater treatment facility; victim identified

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A man was found shot to death in Baton Rouge early Monday morning, according to officials.

The Baton Rouge Police Department identified the victim as Jerry Johnson, 57. Sgt. L'Jean Mckneely Jr. said Johnson was homeless.

BRPD reported it happened on Coolidge Street, which is off River Road near the Baton Rouge Wastewater Treatment facility, around 5 a.m.

Mckneely added Johnson was found lying in the roadway suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

"I was laying in the bed about 5 a.m. and I heard somebody shoot about five times and then about half a minute later, shot about five more times," said Donald Guidry, who lives in the area. "But that's normal around here."


"I'm concerned about this culture of violence here in the city, just like the community is," said Baton Rouge Police Chief Murphy Paul.

According to Paul, BRPD received reports from it ShotSpotter detection service and residents in the area about shots fired. He added responding officers found the victim dead from multiple gunshot wounds.

While he is frustrated about the violence, Paul did say the department is getting frequent calls on Crime Stoppers and he feels the community is helping out with these crimes.

Police have not yet identified a suspect or established a motive.

The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information that can help police solve this case is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 225-344-7867.

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