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April 5, 2005

Drive-By Shooting Kills Young Father

Wynter Dalton looks back fondly on the time she spent with her husband the week before Mrch 29th, 2004.

 "That last week was a wonderful week," Dalton says. "I remember that to help me deal with it when I do start to break down."

What could make a wonderful week turn into something that would cause this mother of three to break down? It all happened on top of the old Mississippi River bridge on US-190.

It was a little after two in the morning on March 29, 2005 when 29 year old Michael Dalton and three friends were returning to Baton Rouge from a popular club in Lobdell. While on the bridge, someone opened fire on their suburban, and Dalton was hit in the head.

"Why would you have a drive-by shooting on top of a bridge, leaving no means of escape?" asks Detective Kevin Cyrus from the West Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office. "It leaves us baffled as far as a motive."

One of the passengers then drove the truck to Earl K. Long Hospital. A short time later, Wynter's mother says the friend came to her house, to give her the news.

"When I seen my truck, we had just got it," Wynter told 9 News. "The blood all over the ground, that's how I knew it was for real."

The suburban, now fixed, had about a dozen shots fired into it. From witness descriptions, the type of car that the shots came from is pictured at left.

Dalton's young son, now 2, barely got to know him. A future together wiped out in an instant, which brings us back to where we started, the week before it happened.

"The last thing I asked him was if he loved me and he told me yes," says Wynter. "That last week was perfect. That means a lot, that definitely means a lot."

If you think you can help police, call crime stoppers at 344-STOP. You can, of course, remain anonymous and you may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

Reporter: Matt Williams

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