A Baton Rouge man was shot to death in his car early Friday morning, Baton Rouge Police Department spokesman Sgt. L'Jean McKneely Jr said.

Keith Antoine was found suffering from multiple gunshot wounds in the 1400 block of N. 31st Street just before 1 a.m. Friday. The area is located near Bogan Walk, between N. Acadian Thruway and I-110.

Friday afternoon, long after the scene was cleared, yellow police tape on a garbage can in the driveway fluttered in the wind. Ribbons of severed red tape, indicating where Antoine’s body was found, could be seen further up the street beside a bare patch of grass paralleling the side of a house.

Neighbors said police had stayed on the scene until 5 or 6 a.m.

One of his close friends said Antoine was “always a moving kid,” who grew up to drive 18-wheelers and travel the country for his work. The friend, who declined to be named, said Antoine had friends in different states from all his many assignments as a truck driver, and was often itching to hit the road as soon as he arrived back in town.

“I’ve been knowing him since he was a little boy,” said another neighbor, who also did not wish to be named. “He’d be around here playing with my boys all the time.”

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The neighbor, another friend of Antoine’s, remembers Antoine as a young boy who would run up and down the street throwing around a football or dribbling a basketball with other kids. Antoine didn’t grow up in the neighborhood, but he spent time there because he had family on the block, the neighbor said. He was just a “normal” kid, a staple in the fabric of the neighborhood.

As Antoine grew older, the neighbor said he would frequent the street filled with his family and friends, checking on them to make sure they were doing well, especially older loved ones who needed a visit.

Around the time Antoine was killed, the neighbor said he heard gunshots ring out, too many to count. He emerged from his house to see Antoine in his car, bleeding. The neighbor said Antoine had just been on the street that evening visiting a relative.

Later, the neighbor said he saw police collecting roughly 30 shell casings from the ground near the car.

“I never knew him to get in trouble,” the neighbor said.

Police have not identified a suspect or motive in the homicide. Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to contact authorities at (225) 344-7867.


Email Jacqueline DeRobertis at jderobertis@theadvocate.com