A 35-year-old Marrero man was gunned down outside a Metairie apartment complex Tuesday night, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office said.

Karlton Charles was visiting his girlfriend at the complex in the 2400 block of Pasadena Avenue before the shooting happened, said Glen Boyd, a Sheriff’s Office spokesman.

Witnesses told detectives that Charles was walking to his pickup truck when gunfire erupted.

Neighbors and deputies on patrol in the area each reported hearing the gunfire, Boyd said, with the deputies arriving to find Charles on the ground in between two apartment buildings.

He was unconscious and pronounced dead on the scene, Boyd said.

Investigators did not immediately identify a suspect or motive.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office’s Investigations Bureau at (504) 364-5300 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

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