A 19-year-old Baton Rouge man who had been seen shooting a .22-caliber rifle in his backyard on Tuesday shot and killed one of his friends in his driveway later that day, Baton Rouge police said.
Tyreece Holliday, 3275 Kimberly Drive, was booked Thursday into Parish Prison on counts of illegal use of weapons and on second-degree murder in the slaying of 18-year-old Deon Womack, Baton Rouge Police said an arrest document.
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Deon Womack's mother, Samantha Womack, said Holliday and her son knew each other and often hung out together.
"He would come here and watch TV; they've known each other for years," Samantha Womack said.
The arrest report says a witness told police that Deon Womack was walking down Syble Drive with another friend toward Holliday's home when they saw Holliday go out his back door carrying a black rifle.
Deon Womack told the friend to keep walking so Womack could talk to Holliday, police said. The friend, who kept walking as Womack approached Holliday in the driveway, soon heard shots. The friend turned around and saw Deon Womack lying on the ground and Holliday running away shortly before 10:53 p.m., police said.
Holliday wasn't home when officers arrived Tuesday night but he showed up almost an hour and a half later about 12:10 a.m. Wednesday, police said.
Police said they found Womack's body in Holliday's driveway near a back door and surrounded by .22 bullet casings, but Holliday denied he was the man who shot Womack in the driveway or even that he was home when the shooting happened.
But Holliday acknowledged to police he did have a .22-caliber rifle and frequently shot at objects in his backyard from the patio. The home is in a heavily populated area, police said.
Police found .22-caliber bullet casings in Holliday's backyard and .22-caliber bullets and bullet casings inside his home on Kimberly Drive. A witness also saw Holliday shoot the rifle in the back yard earlier on Tuesday, police said.
Samantha Womack said said she's worried about Holliday.
"He was hot-headed," she said. "He had a fight with everyone that lived in the neighborhood. … I'm going to pray for him, I know he didn't mean to do it."