A man critically injured a woman before killing himself on Banyan Trace Drive on Tuesday morning, according to Baton Rouge police spokesman Sgt. L'Jean McKneely Jr.
McKneely said the man, 29-year-old Daniel Johnson, died on the scene and the woman, his 34-year-old girlfriend, was in critical condition in a hospital after what investigators believe to have been an attempted murder and a suicide around 10:45 a.m.
Johnson, who lived in St. Francisville, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, McKneely said.
On Tuesday, investigators from the police department and the coroner's office focused on a duplex home on the small street. Family and friends gathered as officers wrapped the front of the home in crime scene tape and wheeled out a body.
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A neighbor said she called the police, but declined to comment specifically on what she heard. She said her neighbor was a good person and mother to three children. The neighbor said she was not familiar with the man or if he lived there.
Other neighbors said the woman involved is a hardworking single mother who has lived there awhile. They said the incident really hits home on their otherwise quiet street.
Fatal domestic violence has taken an uptick in 2017. Of the 16 women killed in East Baton Rouge Parish so far in 2017, 10 of them were killed by current or former dating partners, according to records maintained by The Advocate. One man, 38-year-old Joseph Bunch III, was killed by his girlfriend, Jimeelah Crockett, who was then arrested on second-degree murder, according to police.
About an hour and a half after the double shooting in Baton Rouge, another person was injured in an unrelated shooting on Ontario Street, said Emergency Medical Services spokesman Brad Harris. Emergency crews responded to that shooting around 12:15 p.m. and focused on a green home with Christmas decorations and children's bikes in the front yard.