BAKER — A man out for a walk Thursday morning discovered the body of a man shot to death in the city’s second homicide of the year.
Police Chief Mike Knaps identified the victim as Joshua Troy Weathersby, 19, of Baker.
Knaps said information gathered at the scene suggests Weathersby was killed by a single gunshot, possibly between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Wednesday.
A motive for the shooting remained under investigation Thursday night, and Knaps said anyone with information on the slaying is asked to contact Baker police at (225) 775-6000.
The victim was lying on his back on a wide path in a tree line a short distance south of an Entergy Corp. electric substation off La. 19.
The substation is immediately west of the railroad tracks in Baker and La. 19’s intersection with Van Buren Street.
The police chief said the woods bordering La. 19, the cleared area near a pipeline crossing and a gravel road connecting the substation with Ray Weiland Drive is a popular shortcut route for people walking from Bakerfield subdivision to La. 19 businesses.
Knaps said a Bakerfield resident on his morning walk discovered what he thought was a man sleeping on the path about 8 a.m. The resident returned to the subdivision, where he flagged down a passing Baker police patrol car.
The officer found the victim unresponsive, and Emergency Medical Services personnel confirmed that Weathersby was dead, Knaps said.
East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff Sid Gautreaux and District Attorney Hillar Moore visited the scene, and Sheriff’s Office crime scene investigators gathered evidence for Baker detectives before the parish Coroner’s Office removed the body about noon.
The other slaying that Baker detectives are investigating occurred less than a month ago. A North Magnolia Drive resident found the body of Abelardo Domingo Pampo, 43, of south Baton Rouge, on the grounds of the Baker Civic Club on July 28.
Pampo had been shot, police said. A pickup truck belonging to a member of the victim’s family was found nearby.
Knaps said Thursday that detectives do not have a suspect in Pampo’s death but they have a number of “persons of interest” they want to question.