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January 4, 2006

Wrong Place at the Wrong Time

A murder more than four years old is still an active police file, and the victim's family still hopes for answers in the mysterious death. They call it a case of "wrong place, wrong time."

The 1700 block of Plank Road is normally a pretty well traveled piece of land. It was also, according to Detective John Norwood, used to other kinds of traffic. "This immediate area, around Williams Grocery, at one point and time was heavily visited by drug dealers. There have been several shootings in this area."

BRPD has targeted the area in the last few years and crime has dropped, but it didn't drop in time for 20-year-old Gregory Scott, who was in the area back on November 8th, 2001.

"At about 1:00 in the morning, we believe he may have been visiting someone here. Something went wrong and he was shot," says Norwood.

Baton Rouge Police believe took place at the grocery store just down the street, but that's not where Gregory ended up. Even though he was shot, he managed to drive his car a few blocks to the house where his aunt lived. From there, he was transported to the hospital, but he did not survive.

Police believe he had been in the area visiting someone, and his family says he used to hang out with his cousin all the time. They also say his shooting may be the result of something as stupid as a neighborhood rivalry.

Gregory's grandmother, Isabella Davis, calls it "This neighborhood versus that neighborhood. In other words, wrong place, wrong time."

It's sad that the wrong place is a place he visited frequently, or that the wrong place even exists at all. Gregory had five brothers and sisters. His older sister, Jeannine Rooks, remembers how her brother looked after her.

"I had to get permission from my younger brother to do anything that I wanted to do, and I was the oldest," she says.

His family recently celebrated his birthday. Their hope now is that by his next birthday, his killer will have been caught. Call Crime Stoppers if you think you can help at 344-STOP. You can remain anonymous and you could be eligible for a reward up to $1,000.

Reporter: Matt Williams

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