Two suspects arrested in fatal September shooting of man sleeping in car

Second suspect arrested in fatal shooting of man in car

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Two men accused of shooting and killing a man who was asleep in his car have been arrested, according to officials.

The shooting happened just after midnight on Thursday, Sept. 5 in the Gardere Area off of Pecan Tree Drive.

Detectives say a man was shot and killed by three men while sleeping his car on Elvin Drive, then dumped at the Highland Road Community Park.
Detectives say a man was shot and killed by three men while sleeping his car on Elvin Drive, then dumped at the Highland Road Community Park. (Source: WAFB)
Detectives say a man was shot and killed by three men while sleeping his car on Elvin Drive, then dumped at the Highland Road Community Park.
Detectives say a man was shot and killed by three men while sleeping his car on Elvin Drive, then dumped at the Highland Road Community Park. (Source: WAFB)

A spokesperson for the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office says the victim, identified as Reginald Cossett Jr., 23, was sleeping in his car when he was shot by three men.

Cossett told investigators he was then driven to the Highland Road Community Park, where deputies and emergency responders found him suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

Cossett was transported to a local hospital in critical condition, where he later died.

On Thursday, Oct. 10, deputies arrested Antoine Carpenter, who is believed to have driven himself and at least one other unidentified suspect to the Gardere area the night of the shooting in a silver Chevrolet Equinox.

Deputies arrested a second suspect, Corey Jashawn Sanders, 19, on Tuesday, Oct. 15.

Deputies say cell phone records put Carpenter near the scene of the crime at the time ShotSpotter software picked up gunshots. Cell phone records also indicate Carpenter and his passenger fled the scene.

On Sept. 7, firefighters with the Alsen Fire Department found the Chevrolet Equinox torched at a BREC Park in a “deliberate act to obstruct justice by destroying potential evidence of the robbery/homicide,” arrest records conclude.

Carpenter is facing charges of principal to first-degree murder, illegal use of a weapon, armed robbery, and obstruction of justice. Sanders faces accessory after the fact to first-degree murder, armed robbery, illegal use of a weapon, and obstruction of justice charges.

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