BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Working a murder scene and trying to find a killer can be difficult under the best of circumstances. Even when everything falls into place, it can be very difficult. Sometimes it's even much more difficult than that, despite that fact that it probably shouldn't be.
Such is the case surrounding a shooting two years ago. The scene looked like many others. There was crime tape, squad cars, detectives asking questions, neighbors looking on.
It was 1 p.m. on April 19, 2014 when Baton Rouge police got a call about shots fired, and a man down in the street. They got to the scene at the corner of Tennessee and East Polk within minutes. That's where they found 63-year-old Eddie Marshall, dead on the scene.
Detective Scott Hodgins has been working the case from the very beginning and remembers that day well.
"It was a sunny day. The weather was nice," he said.
That's important because it means there were plenty of people out and about. So many in fact, Eddie Marshall was not the only victim.
"An innocent bystander was struck by a round," said Detective Hodgins. "They didn't care, they just started shooting."
That innocent bystander, a woman, was just trying to cross the street when she was hit. Thankfully she made a full recovery.
The fact that whoever did this just started throwing bullets around, without any care for anyone, is obviously worrisome for investigators. However, they say there is no doubt who the intended target was.
"Usually if you're struck with that many rounds, somebody was out to get him," Hodgins said.
Even though the grapevine has dried up to this point, meaning not a lot of chatter, it doesn't has to stay that way. And don't think what you know isn't important. Any little thing may help.
"Sometimes it's a small tip, but sometimes that small tip is all we need to connect some dots," Hodgins said.
Connecting the dots, putting a face and a name to the person behind the gun, and getting him off the streets before more bullets get thrown around.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.