A 25-year-old man killed in a hail of gunfire on Interstate 10 in Baton Rouge early Sunday morning had recently landed a new job and was working to better his life after a stint in prison, his girlfriend said Monday.
Herbert Williams, 25, 1110 Shilo St., Apt. A, Baker, had been driving eastbound on I-10 downtown near the Mississippi River bridge when he was hit by multiple shots fired by a gunman in a passing car about 4:15 a.m., according to Baton Rouge police spokesman Cpl. Don Coppola Jr.
Williams was taken to a hospital where he died later Sunday of his wounds, Coppola said.
Three passengers in the car were unhurt in the shooting.
Coppola said Monday that investigators had not yet identified a suspect or motive in the homicide but added that the shooting did not appear to be random.
The group was on their way back from a night out together at a Port Allen nightclub, according to Chanice Boudreaux, Williams’ girlfriend with whom he lived in Baker.
Among those in the car with Williams at the time of the shooting were her brother and cousin, Boudreaux said. She said her relatives told her the group had a great time out together and hadn’t had any issues with anyone at the club before leaving about 4 a.m.
Williams had been working to better himself after spending time in prison on theft and armed robbery convictions, Boudreaux said, and had landed a job at a Baton Rouge pizza restaurant the day before he was killed. On Monday, Williams was planning on registering to take the GED exam after passing practice tests, she said.
“Herbert was a great person,” Boudreaux said. “He used to say that ‘I’d hurt people in the past, but I’ve turned my life around.’ ”
Anyone with information may contact the Violent Crimes Unit at (225) 389-4869 or Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.