A 47-year-old man was shot twice Wednesday night in the chest after an altercation with another person at a corner store before the victim biked to his family's house nearly a mile away on Edgewood Drive to seek help, the man's brother said.
Sgt. Don Coppola Jr., a Baton Rouge police spokesman, said authorities were alerted to the shooting around 7:40 p.m. and first went to the family member's home in the 2700 block of Edgewood Drive before discovering that the shooting actually happened in the 1300 block of North 31st Street.
The victim’s brother, who declined to give his name, stood next to state Rep. C. Denise Marcelle, D-Baton Rouge, as he explained how his brother was shot twice in the chest after an argument at a convenience store at Bogan Walk South and North Acadian Thruway.
Coppola said Thursday that the man is expected to survive.
Marcelle noted this was the second shooting that occurred on Wednesday in Baton Rouge. Earlier that morning, 16-year-old Glen Oaks High School freshman Rynell Alexander was fatally shot and his 17-year-old friend was wounded in a shooting off of Plank Road at about 1 a.m. over a drug transaction. A teen was arrested in that shooting.
She wants community leaders to address drug problems, which she said contributes to gun violence.
"Until we can find a way to combat these drug addictions and get people back to work, I just don't see where it's going to change much," she said.
Nine people have been fatally shot in 14 days in the parish, including 19-year-old Douglass Chenevert IV, who Marcelle said she met last year at her own granddaughter’s graduation party after Chenevert graduated from Scotlandville High.
Marcelle said she is considering introducing legislation during the next session aimed at deterring gun violence. She said she is particularly interested in illegal guns and supported penalties for people who place guns or ammunition in the hands of criminals.
The legislation she's interested in introducing would require people to show identification when they buy ammunition in an effort to cut down on their ability to purchase bullets for guns they may have obtained illegally.
"When we file legislation about guns, people come out of the woodwork and say, 'It's our right,'” Marcelle said. "I understand the second amendment but we have too many guns on the street."