Police said the victims of an armed robbery and shooting Wednesday night ran over the alleged shooter in their car, and killed him before fleeing the scene — the parking lot of Radio Bar on Government Street.
Corey Montgomery, 33, of 4835 Ritterman Ave., was taken to a hospital where he later died, Baton Rouge police spokesman Sgt. L'Jean McKneely said in a news release Thursday.
The incident took place around 9 p.m. Wednesday when two people were leaving the bar and Montgomery stopped them in the parking lot, armed with a handgun and demanded money, McKneely said.
One of the people gave the man his wallet, but Montgomery started firing at their car while they were trying to drive away, McKneely said. They then struck Montgomery while leaving the parking lot.
Surveillance footage recorded outside a nearby building shows a Mini Cooper speeding out of the parking lot and crashing into a dumpster before leaving the scene, according to Steve Maher, co-owner of Ritter Maher Architects, which occupies that building. He said the video does not show Montgomery because the dumpster blocks him from view.
Ritter Maher moved into the neighborhood in 2015 and received multiple awards last year for renovating the building that contains its office and others, which before was an eyesore for the Mid City area.
The Ogden Park neighborhood has attracted several new businesses within the past several years including Radio Bar, which opened six years ago. Shops, restaurants and offices now line that section of Government Street.
Brian Baiamonte, co-owner of Radio Bar, said data shows that crime rates in the area have declined as more businesses have opened.
“There’s lots going on in the neighborhood now,” he said. “It’s a very exciting time and a disappointing time to see something like this happen.”
However, Baiamonte said the incident Wednesday night could have happened anywhere. Otherwise the neighborhood has been generally very safe for years, he said.
The incident remains under investigation, McKneely said.