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Police identify man shot, killed on Fairchild Street

Updated: Nov. 25, 2019 at 5:45 AM CST
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BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Police have identified a man found near a vehicle with multiple gunshot wounds on Sunday, Nov. 24.

The vehicle and body were discovered in the 1400 block of Fairchild Street near Scenic Highway.

A Baton Rouge Police Department (BRPD) spokesperson said officers were alerted to the shooting around 5:30 p.m. when area residents heard gunfire. Officers arrived on scene to discover the body laying outside of the driver’s side of the vehicle.

Monday morning, a spokesperson for BRPD identified the victim as Eric Hall, 49.

Other details about the victim and the circumstances surrounding the shooting were not immediately disclosed, and a motive is unknown at this time.

“[BRPD doesn’t] have much of anything right now. We’re going to reach out to the neighbors. We have done that and are doing that.” said BRPD Sgt. L’Jean Mckneely. “Our detectives are here, crime scene investigators are here, the Coroner’s Office is here, the District Attorney’s Office is here. So we’re trying to get as much information as we can that can assist us in our investigation.”

As investigators work to piece together exactly what happened, area residents say they are in disbelief.

One neighbor who lives nearby told WAFB they heard four gunshots.

“It’s a pretty quiet neighborhood. This is something really shocking to us,” said one neighbor who asked that their identity not be disclosed. “I actually came right before the police blocked it off, came back home. On my way home, somebody stopped me and told me [someone] was shooting. So I was kind of skeptical [if I should] even park. Other than that I didn’t hear anything. I wasn’t our here at the moment, said the neighbor.”

BPRD detectives are asking members of the community to step up and assist them in bringing those responsible to justice.

“We need more help solving these crimes. Someone out there knows what’s going on. They know the players that are involved in these shootings and we need then to talk,” said McKneely.

Anyone who has information related to this crime is urged to contact Crime Stoppers by calling 344-STOP (7867). You can remain anonymous.

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