BRPD: 19-year-old arrested, charged with first-degree murder for deadly shooting at Benny’s
BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - The Baton Rouge Police Department is investigating a deadly shooting at a popular gas station and car wash on Perkins Road.
According to officials, Richard Eackels Sr., 27, has been identified as the victim who was killed near the free vacuum area of Benny’s Car Wash, around 1:20 p.m. on Thursday, June 23.
“It occurred while the individuals were cleaning their cars,” said Sgt. L’Jean McKneely with the Baton Rouge Police Department.
Kamayrion Glasper, 19, has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder and three counts of attempted first-degree murder.
“What we’ve learned through the course of our investigation, the deceased, a passenger, and two kids were inside of a car. Glasper pulled up in his car and as he was cleaning his car, he noticed that the deceased (Eackels) and the persons were inside of the other car. He began shooting at them, the passenger in the other car returned fire,” said Sgt. McKneely.
Glasper was shot in the leg during an exchange of gunfire and was arrested at a local hospital.
“He then fled the scene went to a local hospital for a treatment of his injuries. We were notified of him being at a hospital. The detectives made contact with him at the hospital, we conducted our investigation, interviewed him, thus we arrested him,” said Sgt. L’Jean McKneely.
BRPD states that there were three people in the vehicle along with Eackles at the time of the shooting. An unidentified male and two children, who were not injured.
The unidentified male fled the scene on foot prior to police arrival and is still wanted by police for questioning.
“The person that we’re looking for was in the deceased car. So it was two males inside of the car, along with two kids. When the shooting started, we believe he (person police are looking for) returned fire, starting shooting back at Glasper, who we just transported to Parish Prison,” said Sgt. McKneely.
An owner of a nearby party store next to Benny’s stated that he heard possibly 8-9 shots then called 911. A stray bullet actually went through the wall of his business near the wig section.
Police say surveillance video and tips from the community helped them quickly close in on their guy.
“There was some type of altercation or interaction between the two prior to the shooting. I said earlier, while they were there cleaning their cars, one person saw the other, and just started shooting at the deceased,” said Sgt. McKneely.
This is an ongoing investigation.
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