A young man was shot in the chest and died behind the wheel of a car that careened down a block of 77th Avenue, weaving across front yards on both sides of the street Tuesday morning.
Douglass Chenevert IV, 19, died after what police believe was a drug transaction at a BREC park in Scotlandville, said Baton Rouge police spokesman Sgt. L'Jean McKneely Jr.
Two 16-year-old boys were arrested late Tuesday in the fatal shooting, which was reported about 8:20 a.m. in the 2900 block of 77th Avenue, near an entrance to the Scotlandville 77th Avenue Park, said Sgt. Don Coppola Jr., another police spokesman. The killing marked the fifth homicide in as many days within city limits.
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Chenevert was found inside a small black Infiniti with extensive damage to the front bumper and which was stopped on the lawn of a home. Tire tracks in the grass of multiple yards and pieces of the vehicle strewn on both sides of the street marked the apparent trail of the vehicle as it moved away from the park. Rows of crime scene tape blocked off an unusually long stretch of the road.
An Emergency Medical Services crew arrived on the scene in an ambulance, but Chenevert died on the scene.
Family members gathered there in disbelief, identifying the victim as their son and nephew. One woman said he was her nephew and had borrowed her car.
Two former classmates of Chenevert said he was a 2017 graduate of Scotlandville Magnet High. They described him as smart and laid back.
Chenevert's aunts said he recently completed a cannabis industry training program in California.
Coppola said the two juvenile suspects were booked on counts of first-degree murder, and investigators believe a robbery was the motive behind the shooting.
This was the fifth homicide in Baton Rouge since Friday. Two men, 34-year-old Henry Carr and 32-year-old Kendrick Dixon, were fatally shot Sunday in the parking lot of an apartment complex just more than a mile away from the scene of the Tuesday killing.
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