Three men were shot to death Sunday and left dead in the driveway of a house on Jefferson Avenue, leaving police searching for clues as to who killed them and why.
The shooting happened at about 1 a.m. at 2331 Jefferson Ave., where Baton Rouge police found Kevin Ford, 24, Fredrick Corner, 25, and Antoine Harris, 23, lying on the ground, all with gunshot wounds, said Cpl. Don Coppola Jr., a Baton Rouge Police Department spokesman. The three men died at the scene, he said.
Sherene Jones, who has lived at 2331 Jefferson Ave. for about one year, was inside talking to her husband after getting off from work late when she heard several gunshots outside — four or five shots at first, then a second round of about four more. She got down on the floor, then woke her three young grandchildren and took them to a room in the back of the house.
Soon after, Jones heard someone screaming outside. She said she opened her door and saw a woman standing over one of the victims lying in her driveway.
Jones, 46, said she recognized the man who had been shot, saying she had seen him before around the neighborhood, and that the woman standing over him was his grandmother.
As Jones went back inside to call 911, the woman told her two more people had been shot. Jones looked out the door and said she saw three bodies lying on the side of her house, with blood spilling onto her driveway.
Later Sunday morning, Jones covered the blood with dirt.
“Three innocent people out here … and they’re dead in the yard,” Jones said.
Jones said she did not know the other two victims very well, but had also seen them around the neighborhood.
People in the neighborhood on Sunday were unsure of what happened or said they were not there at the time of the shooting.
Jones said she did not hear an argument or a vehicle fleeing the scene. Her house appeared to be free of bullet holes.
Jones said a shooting is unusual for the Jefferson Avenue neighborhood, which is near Capitol High School and Park Elementary School.
On Sunday, a few families were sitting on front porches of the wooden houses that line the narrow street.
“A lot of little guys get out here, sit around, talk, and they all go their separate ways,” Jones said. “If someone was to argue about anything out here, I’d come outside and see what’s going on. But I heard no arguing whatsoever last night, period. Nothing but gunshots. … God knows.”
Several friends and family members of the three victims gathered Sunday evening at Harris’ home at 1838 Plank Road, near the scene of the shootings. Women sitting outside the house, who asked not to be identified, called the shooting “senseless” and denounced the string of killings in north Baton Rouge, most of which they said go unsolved. They called on top officials in the state to “clean up” crime in the city.
The women said there will be a memorial for the victims at 7 p.m. Friday at the scene of the shooting.
No one answered the doors at the other victims’ homes Sunday. Ford lived at 4839 E. Brookstown Drive; Corner’s residence was at 3116 Washington Ave.
Those with information about the shooting may call the Violent Crimes Unit at (225) 389-4869 or Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.