Baton Rouge Police work the scene near the 2500 block of Thomas H. Delpit Drive, where a double shooting Friday morning, Sept. 8, 2017 left one dead at the scene and one injured. The second person later died.


In the last week, six people have been shot to death in Baton Rouge, according to officials.

The latest homicide on Wednesday morning marks the 72nd slaying this year in East Baton Rouge Parish – compared to 62 in all of 2016. In the past several weeks, Baton Rouge has seen a sharp spike in shooting deaths.

On Wednesday, at the scene of a fatal shooting on Weller Avenue, East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore III said that the summer “has been brutal” but hopes that the numbers represent “just a peak and not a trend.”

Investigators have not yet determined whether any of the recent killings are connected, Moore said.

Here’s a look at the six fatal shootings in the last week.

Friday: Two slain while repairing home on Thomas H. Delpit Drive

On Friday morning, Donovan Cummings, 49, and Harold Anthony, 36, were repairing a house at 2522 Thomas H. Delpit Drive when a vehicle pulled up and multiple people chased them down and opened fire on the men, Baton Rouge police said.

Anthony died at the scene, and Cummings died at the hospital. Both men were less than half a mile from their homes when the shootings occurred.

The house the men were working on caught fire in November 2016, the Baton Rouge Fire Department said. Investigators ruled the blaze an arson, but it was not immediately clear if anyone was ever arrested in the case.

Friday: Man killed on Seneca Street; his home on Thomas H. Delpit Drive later destroyed in arson

Later Friday, a Baton Rouge man was found shot to death in his car on Seneca Street. David Walker, 68, was killed while sitting behind the wheel of a Chevrolet Impala, police said.

Walker lived next door to where Cummings and Anthony were slain earlier in the day. His home at 2546 Thomas H. Delpit Drive was destroyed in a fire early Tuesday morning that investigators later ruled an arson.

Sunday: Baton Rouge rapper shot to death on Dallas Drive

On Sunday, a 22-year-old local rapper was shot to death on Dallas Drive. Garrett Burton, known as “Gee Money” or “Da Real Gee Money,” was found about 1:30 a.m. in a parking lot in the 1900 block of Dallas Drive, police said.

No suspect or motive has been identified, police said.

Tuesday: Homeless man fatally shot on Florida Boulevard

Late Tuesday night, a 59-year-old man was fatally shot on Florida Boulevard at North Acadian Thruway. Bruce Cofield is believed to have been homeless, police said. A neighbor said she heard about 12 shots fired.

There are no suspects or motives in the shooting, police said.

Wednesday: Man found shot to death on Weller Avenue

Finally, on Wednesday morning, a man was found fatally shot outside the Weller Food Store in north Baton Rouge. Catrell “Smooth” Wallace, 21, was found in the front parking lot of 2605 Weller Ave., suffering from an apparent gunshot injury. He was taken to an area hospital, where he later died.

Neighbors reported hearing about 10 gunshots and seeing a car leave the scene after the shooting occurred.

Advocate staff writers Emma Discher, Grace Toohey and Lea Skene contributed to this report.