Witnesses claim hearing gunshots before police found person dead in abandoned vehicle; victim now identified

Baton Rouge police investigating after person found dead in car

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Authorities are investigating after a person was found dead in an abandoned vehicle on Monday, Jan. 13, according to the Baton Rouge Police Department.

BRPD says officers responded to the 3600 block of Lanier Drive around noon Monday, where a person was found dead in a vehicle. That person has been identified as Chedrick Golphin, 44.

Victim found dead in car on Lanier Drive now identified

“Just ‘pow, pow, pow,’ gunshots,” said Angie Miller, who lives nearby.

Neighbors want answers after hearing gunshots Sunday, body found in car Monday

It was late Sunday night (Jan. 12), when Angie Miller heard a frightening sound nearby. She lives next to the abandoned Second Chance Academy on Lanier Drive.

“Yesterday [Monday, Jan. 13] I went to the store. Whenever I came back, I saw the car parked over here, so I just kind of slowed down and looked. It was either a dark blue or a black car with a stripe on it,” said Miller.

She thought it was unusual for a car to be parked next to the abandoned building, so she wanted police to just come check it out. Minutes later, the abandoned property had turned into a crime scene.

“Ooh, it must’ve been ten cops, it was ambulances here, cops all over the place, and they [police] stayed here for a long time investigating, trying to get fingerprints, because they couldn’t see in the windows of the car because they were tinted,” said Miller.

Miller says the car was found on the right side of the old school. Skid marks are also visible at the scene, as she says a tow truck was called to pull the car from the lot.

Now, BRPD has opened up a homicide investigation.

“I got scared. We don’t have that over here. It’s just scary. Real quiet, older neighborhood,” said one neighbor, who didn’t want his name publicized.

He and his girlfriend heard the gunshots, and now, they’re both on edge.

“I put up a fence and we’ll have to get cameras, and that’s what we’re going to have to do,” he said.

As for Miller, who has lived in the neighborhood for 25 years, she’s hopeful something gets done to the abandoned property soon, which she says sometimes brings unwanted visitors to the neighborhood.

“These people had to know this place was here or they wouldn’t bring that car up in here. Had to be two cars. Somebody had to get the people, to bring them out of here, that did the shooting. So yeah, it’s scary,” she said.

Angie tells WAFB she spoke with the owner of abandoned property and he told her he does have plans to do something with it.

Call Crime Stoppers at 225-344-7867 with any information on the case, or call BRPD’s Violent Crimes Unit at 225-389-4869.

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