A Baton Rouge man known for getting into arguments with people in the neighborhood was found shot to death in a driveway on Laurel Street late Friday night.
Anthony Campbell, 21, was found dead in the driveway of a house in the 2600 block of Laurel Street about 10 p.m. Friday, said Sgt. Don Coppola Jr., a Baton Rouge Police Department spokesman.
No suspects or motives have been identified yet, Coppola said.
Crime scene tape could still be seen in the driveway Saturday morning. Angel Robertson, who lives in the house next door, said she heard six to eight gunshots Friday night.
Campbell’s mother, Natasha Campbell, said neighbors told her that her son had been at the house of someone he knew on Laurel Street and was walking down the street when he was shot.
“The way it looks, it’s like he was running for his life,” Campbell said.
Anthony Campbell, who lived in a North 17th Street apartment complex, was on Laurel Street regularly and often started arguments, Robertson said.
“He’d get into it with everybody in the neighborhood,” said Robertson, who’s lived on Laurel Street for about 10 years.
Campbell, who went by the nickname “Rock,” had recently been struggling with a drug addiction, according to his mother.
“He’s a good person; it’s just that he had ahold of the bad drugs, and at times, he was out of his mind,” Natasha Campbell said.
She said she’d tried to get him help and wanted him “off the streets” so he’d be away from drugs.
“He never acted like this before. … I believe his body couldn’t take (the drugs) and it was controlling him,” Campbell said.
Anthony Campbell and three others were convicted in the 2010 shooting death of Travis Yates. Campbell, who was 16 at the time of the shooting, was sentenced in 2013 to five years in prison for manslaughter but received credit for previous time served, according to court records.
But once he got out of prison, he “did try to do things for himself” and had worked in Gonzales, Natasha Campbell said.
As her son walked down Laurel Street Friday night, neighbors noticed he was carrying a Bible, Campbell said.
“Normally he don’t read his Bible,” she said, “and that day he was reading his Bible like he knew he was about to go.”