Deadly double shooting in Baker stemmed from alleged domestic issue
BAKER, La. (WAFB) - The Baker Police Department is investigating a deadly double shooting that happened late Monday, Sept. 19.
Baker Police Chief Carl Dunn confirmed two men were killed in the shooting that took place just after 10 p.m. on Chamberlain Avenue near Hovey Avenue.
“Let us do our job, that’s all we want to do, let us make it easy, it makes it easy on everybody,” says Dunn.
Dunn says the shooting should not have escalated to this. A missing Audi 5A 2011 was reported missing earlier in the day.
“The thing about it is, we had already begun our investigation. The vehicle was entered into the national crime information center, and it was probably just going to be a matter of time. When you start to feel as though you got to do your own investigation, you get to the part where you get frustrated,” adds Dunn.
According to Chief Dunn, one of the deceased men, the owner of the car, parked his vehicle on his girlfriend’s family’s property for three months. That is, until yesterday, the car was gone. “A lot of times, the family knows there’s a threat, but they don’t feel at ease enough to involve law enforcement,” explains Dunn.
Baker police said the car owner blamed his girlfriend’s family for moving it. It’s still unclear who fired the shots killing the vehicle owner and his girlfriend’s uncle. So far, police have not released the names, but say there are two grieving families trying to come to terms with what happened.
“Hearing somebody screeching and screaming over the loss of a loved on or an injuring of a loved one is just something that no family should ever have to go through. I just feel for both of these families that’s going through this at this time,” said Dunn.
According to Dunn, shootings like many others in Baton Rouge, could have been prevented. EBR Coroner’s Office says the parish has had close to 100 homicides this year.
“That tells me, that me and us in law enforcement in East Baton Rouge Parish, we got a lot of work to do. We got a lot of more changing up, not some more of all these meetings and nothing that’s resulting on the street,” Dunn added.
Dunn also added it all comes down to building trust. He explains the officers in his department have been working on developing better relationships with people in Baker. He hopes to encourage them to call on police before something bad happens.
“We need the citizens to know, especially as in this case, we are here that’s our purpose, that we are going to do everything that we can to mitigate these certain circumstances,” Dunn said.
Baker Police Department does have a lead suspect in mind.
Chief Dunn reported the names of the victims have not been released.
If you have any information, contact Crime Stoppers at 344-STOP.
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