Baton Rouge police are still searching for answers in the north Baton Rouge shooting late Saturday that killed 31-year-old Jovan Dumas and injured an unidentified 29-year-old man.
The two men were shot at 1073 Baranco St., near Southern University, about 9:30 p.m. Detectives are waiting to interview the man who was wounded and is hospitalized but is expected to live, said Cpl. L’Jean McKneely Jr., a spokesman for the Baton Rouge police.
Family members said they believe Dumas was blind-sided, and the shooting was unwarranted.
“He was in the wrong place at the wrong time,” said Dumas’ mother, Patricia Dumas.
Family and friends gathered at Dumas’ home at 4866 Bank St. on Sunday to comfort the family.
“People have been piling in,” Patricia Dumas said. “People loved him.”
Tears swelled in his sister Monique Dumas’ eyes as she described her brother as a loving, respectful person who often kept to himself but had many friends.
“If he hung out with you, he loved you,” she said. “He showed a lot of love.”
Dumas was a handyman, his sister said. He worked in construction as a mechanic and was always willing to help people.
“He always had a smile on his face,” his mother said. “He never bothered anyone.”
July has been a particularly painful month for Patricia Dumas. Seventeen years ago, she buried her oldest son, also the victim of a slaying in July, she said. Now she’s faced with burying her youngest son, Jovan, in July as well.
“It’s not fair,” said Monique Dumas.
Dumas’ mother and sister said they believe there were other people at the scene who witnessed the shooting and know who did it.
Patricia Dumas urged anyone with information to come forward and say something. There was no justification in her oldest son’s death, which was never solved, she said. But she is holding out hope that the truth behind her youngest son’s death will be revealed.
“I’m gonna cry. I’m gonna break,” Patricia Dumas said. “But the Lord got me.”
No one answered the door Sunday at 1073 Baranco St., where the shooting occurred, and people near the house declined to comment.
Anyone with information about the shooting should contact the Violent Crimes Unit at (225) 389-4869 or Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.