Police believe fatal shooting on N. Ardenwood Dr. was result of online robbery setup

Police believe fatal shooting on N. Ardenwood Dr. was result of online robbery setup
Austin Norwood (Source: Facebook)
Austin Norwood (Source: Facebook)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - One man is dead and another is recovering in the hospital after a double shooting on N. Ardenwood Dr. Thursday night during what police believe was an arranged meeting to sell a phone.

The double shooting outside the Ardenwood Village apartments left 22-year-old Austin Rashaad Norwood dead and his cousin wounded.

The two men were shot around 7 p.m. Thursday after police say they were lured to the apartments in hopes of selling a cell phone to someone they met online. Investigators believe at some point the transaction took a dark turn.

"While there, the individuals attempted to rob them and shot into the vehicle striking both victims," said Sgt. L'Jean McKneely.

With the victims left for dead inside the car, the suspected shooter allegedly took off. McKneely says for now it remains unclear if whoever pulled the trigger acted alone.

"We're just keeping it open-ended and not going to dictate if it's one, two, three or four different suspects but as the investigation continues we'll determine all the individuals that were involved," McKneely added.

Police do not yet know if the shooting happened before, during or after the sale but McKneely says incidents like the Ardenwood shooting can be prevented if those involved meet at one of the many safe zones across the city, including one in the parking lot at BRPD headquarters.

"We recommend if you're going to do that you go to one of those particular safe zones," McKneely added.

The Ardenwood shooting is not the first senseless act of gun violence this week. Police arrested 18-year-old Landry Carter Wednesday after they say he robbed then fatally shot Tennessee truck driver Keith Odom Tuesday morning at a Florida Blvd. shopping center.

Both shootings police say could have been avoided and should serve as reminders for people to remain vigilant.

"You just never know when crime will happen," McKneely said. "It's hard to predict so you just have to be ever-ready and have to pay attention to your surroundings."

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

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