Davin Raby, 20, was snoozing in his car outside his house in the 1400 block of North 30th Street early Friday evening, he said, when he was awakened by the sound of gunshots. The next thing he knew his childhood friend Keyonandre James was running towards him from an abandoned home across the street.
James collapsed on the threshold of Raby's garage, the 20-year-old said.
Raby's sister, 18-year-old Dajia Raby, walked outside, she said, and saw her older brother helping James into his car. While Davin Raby drove an unresponsive James to a hospital, Dajia Raby called 911 and talked with investigators.
James, 20, died later that night. Baton Rouge Police still have not identified the shooter, police spokesman Sgt. Don Coppola Jr. said Tuesday.
The Raby siblings said they are still in the dark about the events leading to the shooting of their friend.
"He was trying to get in our home," Dajia Raby said Tuesday, pointing to the spot on the ground where James collapsed. "You could basically say he was family."
"All we knew is he ran over here bleeding and we had to take him to the hospital," Davin Raby said, adding that he tried unsuccessfully to determine where and how many times James was shot.
Coppola said officers responded to the call around 6 p.m., but James had already been taken to a hospital.
Davin Raby said that earlier Friday he had picked up James and his 6-month-old daughter at their apartment about three miles away and gave them a ride to Raby's neighborhood, where James often hung out because his friends, including the Rabys, and his grandmother live there.
Raby said he has no idea what James had been doing that night.
The Raby siblings said James was fun and outspoken and could often be seen riding around on his bike.
Davin Raby and James met in the fifth grade at Capitol Middle School. Raby said he and James would often play basketball and football, followed by home-cooked meals by Raby's mother. James went on to Tara High School for awhile, but did not graduate, Raby said.
Raby said James previously worked at a plant in St. Gabriel, but was not employed when he was killed.
Police said they believe the incident was not random and might have been connected to drugs.
Police ask anyone with information to contact the Violent Crimes Unit at (225) 389-4869 or Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.