Fairway View apartments

Entrance to Fairway View apartments complex on College Drive in Baton Rouge, seen  on Tuesday, June 1, 2021. Three were killed in a shooting there  Monday night around 8 PM.

Residents of the Fairway View Apartments on College Drive were having a relaxing Memorial Day evening, swimming and barbecuing with some guests at the complex's pool. But then, just before 8 p.m., someone approached the pool — police don't yet know if it was one person or multiple people — and started arguing with two young men who didn't live there.

Soon after, they shot the two men.

And they kept shooting, when a stray bullet struck a 1-year-old girl who was playing in the water, her family said.

Police found 20-year-old Reginald Thomas and 16-year-old Dwayne Dunn Jr. — who Baton Rouge Police previously misidentified as Dewayne Dunn Jr. — dead at the scene. The little girl, Ja'Tyri Brown, died at a local hospital.

Ja'Tyri would have turned 2 in August.

"Whoever it was, he had already hit his target, so why was he still shooting?" Hope Provost, Ja'Tyri's grandmother, said tearfully, recalling what her son saw at the scene. "My son said by the time he made it to her, she was floating in the water."

BRPD spokesman L'Jean McKneely said investigators know the shooting wasn't random: the two young men were targeted victims. But they still don't know who the shooter or shooters are, or why the two men were targets.

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McKneely said this may have been the result of a fight that happened before the two men went to the pool. He said even small arguments like a social media dispute can end in gunfire.

McKneely said it's unlikely the shootings were gang-related.

After the shooting, the suspect, or suspects, stole a weapon from one of the victims and fled with it, McKneely said.

It's unknown if either victim tried to shoot back at attacker or if they knew an apartment resident.

It's also unclear how the attacker knew Dunn and Thomas would be at that pool that fatal Monday night.

Editor's note: This story has been updated to correct the age of Dwayne Dunn Jr. after Baton Rouge police initially released incorrect information. He was 16.


Email Lara Nicholson at LNicholson@theadvocate.com.