Deputies search for several suspects after shooting leaves 1 dead, 3 injured

Deputies search for shooting suspects

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office is investigating a shooting in which one person was killed and three others were injured late Wednesday night.

The East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner's Office identified the victim as Leco Cole, 38, of Baton Rouge. An autopsy is scheduled.

Deputies have released descriptions of two suspects. They are both described as black men about 30 years old, about 6' tall and with short hair. The first suspect has a dark complexion and heavy build. The second has a light complexion and thin build.

Deputies were called out to a shooting at a house on Kerrit Drive near the intersection of Prescott Road and Joor Road around 10:45 p.m.

"When we arrived on the scene, we found several gunshot victims, actually a total of four," said Sheriff Sid Gautreaux. "Three inside the residence, one outside the residence. One of the persons inside the residence was deceased. The other three were transported to a hospital."

He also said of the three people shot, two were in critical condition and taken into surgery Thursday night. One of whom may not be able to pull through, meaning the shooting would be a double murder. Deputies said the fourth victim also had surgery and is expected to survive.

Sheriff Sid Gautreaux said they are looking for up to four people. The sheriff said two people ran off and at least one or two people got in a car and drove off from the scene.

A spokeswoman for EBRSO said no arrests have been made. She also said it is believed the suspects are no longer in the area where the shooting happened after EBRSO had a helicopter looking for them.

"All these victims here are someone's family. sister, brother, mother, father, whatever. When you see something like this, it's a tragedy. If not those directly involved, it's people indirectly involved. It's a tragedy you hope and pray stops. But, like I said, it's all too often that this is happening and seems to continue to happen," Gautreaux added.

The sheriff said he strongly believes drugs were involved in some way, shape or form.

"All I heard was 6 gunshots so I ran outside and I saw a dude get in his car," said Darlene Ambrose, a neighbor. "I heard gunshots. And then all I saw a big man running with a gun in his hands. Came back, got in his car, and parked right there, but the cops blocked him in."

Darlene Ambrose said she just knew there was a murder when she heard the shots fired.

After the scene cleared Thursday morning, there were still markings where two bullets hit a house. Property owner Herman Cormier is just getting by to get a look himself.

"I bought this property approximately 40 years ago," Cormier said.

Cormier said he was surprised to hear of a quadruple shooting at the property he rents out, but admits the neighborhood started changing about 15 years ago.

Ambrose has lived on Prescott Road off of Joor Road for only four months and said there have been cops in the area every day.

"When you look at our responsibility with the sheriff's office, this area right here is one of our hot spots," Gautreaux said. "We respond to a lot of calls for service here and we've had several shootings over the past. But this kind of scene is getting all too commonplace in East Baton Rouge Parish."

9News requested the number of service calls to this area, and there have been a total of 172 calls in that area since January 1, 2015. In the last month, things spiked with deputies going out to the area 25 times.

In a breakdown of the calls by street, there have been 12 different calls from Kerrit Drive, 80 calls from Prescott Road had 80 calls, and 80 calls from neighboring street Tracy Avenue.

The different types of calls ranged from five about shots fired, eight for vehicle and home burglaries, 16 concerning thefts and robberies, 18 calls that were 911 hang ups, and 48 calls regarding disturbances, which had the highest number calls.

Investigators have not released any other names. They also do not have a motive at this time.

The investigation into the shooting is ongoing.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.

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