A Baton Rouge man has died after he was shot multiple times early Saturday in the front yard of his home near Memorial Stadium — the latest in a recent string of shootings that has put the city on edge.
Greg Dixon, 30, was discovered about 1:22 a.m. suffering from multiple gunshot wounds outside his home in the 1900 block of Spanish Town Road, Baton Rouge Police Department spokesman Sgt. L'Jean McKneely said.
Dixon was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The homicide comes less than a week after Baton Rouge officials held a community meeting following a number of recent shootings across the parish.
Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome said at the meeting that while Baton Rouge faces its challenges, it is "not Gotham City," a reference to a popular television series.
By late Saturday morning, the police tape had been removed from the crime scene in front of the faded yellow house where Dixon lived, though a small scrap was still hanging from the edge of a metal fence toward the back of the property.
A trash can stood in the front yard beside the cement walkway, a rake leaning against the side. The street remained largely quiet in the sweltering July heat, with only a few cars cutting through the neighborhood and the occasional teenager pedaling past on a bike.
Dixon's mother, Lynette Dixon, 56, sat on the brick front steps of her home beneath a string of icicle lights strung along the eaves of the house, close to where she said her son was shot.
She pointed to multiple bullet holes in the wall beside the steps, next to the front door. Her son had been going in and out of the house that night, Dixon said. She was asleep when the shots were fired.
This is the second son Dixon has lost in roughly 14 months. Her other son, Kendrick Dixon, was fatally shot on Mother's Day in May 2018 in the parking lot of Elm Grove Garden Apartments in the Scotlandville area of Baton Rouge while attempting an armed robbery.
Kendrick Dixon's death came amid a spate of shootings last summer that left five people dead in five days.
Kendrick would have turned 34 on July 5, she said. Greg was going to be 31 on July 26.
Family members said they have no idea what happened, or why. Investigators have not yet identified a motive or suspect for Dixon's death.
A neighbor who did not wish to be named for fear of retaliation told The Advocate five or six "heavy shots" woke her in the middle of the night. Judging by the sound, it was not a small gun, she said.
Other neighbors only realized the shooting had occurred when the street crowded with police vehicles.
Police urged anyone with information connected to this shooting to contact the Violent Crimes Unit at 389-4869 or Crime Stoppers at 344-7867.