Man found shot to death in truck in Donaldsonville

A man was found shot to death in his truck in Donaldsonville. The vehicle was parked in the driveway of his home.
Published: Sep. 30, 2022 at 5:26 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 30, 2022 at 6:55 PM CDT
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DONALDSONVILLE, La. (WAFB) - It was a busy day for deputies with the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office on Friday, Sept. 30, as they were contacted to investigate two different shootings.

The first happened early in the morning and left one man dead in front of his home.

Nancy Smith has lived in Woodland Drive in Donaldsonville for years.

“It’s been a very quiet subdivision here,” said Smith. “We’ve been here for over 25 years and never have had any problems here, so I was really upset to see what was going on outside. When I walked outside, there was a lot of crying and screaming.”

Friday morning was the most active she’s ever seen on her street.

David Washington, Jr. was found shot to death in his truck. The vehicle was parked in the driveway of his home.

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“To date, as of today, this will be the eighth homicide in Ascension Parish this year,” said Lt. Col. Donald Capello with APSO. “This year, five of those homicides did occur in the West Bank.”

APSO investigators were around all day, trying to find more information about what happened.

“Sometimes, there’s very little physical evidence supposed to go off. We need people to talk to us. We need people to believe in the police, believe in law enforcement, and trust in law enforcement. Give us information to go on. I mean, if they want to remain anonymous, that’s great. You know, they can use Crime Stoppers or TIP 411 and remain anonymous, but information feeds our investigations,” explained Capello.

He said the APSO Crime Task Force has helped with reducing crime in Donaldsonville, just by having more officer presence.

“Continued law enforcement presence and help from the community. The biggest thing is we need help from the community because so often, we’ll have a crime that happens not just on the West Bank, on the entire parish,” added Capello.

APSO officials said right now, they believe this shooting was an isolated incident.

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