Baton Rouge police unit

A Baton Rouge police unit shown May 22, 2017.

A man was fatally shot outside his Monterrey Drive apartment complex Tuesday night while trying to stop someone from stealing his vehicle, police said.

Everette Williams, 28, was fatally shot at 11:38 p.m. at the Monterrey Townhomes apartment complex in the 3300 block of Monterrey Drive, said Baton Rouge police spokesman Sgt. L'Jean McKneely Jr.

McKneely said Williams noticed someone breaking into his vehicle, armed himself, and went out to confront the burglar. That's when he was shot.  

Williams was taken to a hospital where he later died. The shooter ran away before police arrived on the scene, McKneely said.

When asked later Wednesday night, McKneely said it is not known if Williams had drawn his weapon before being shot. 

The complex where the shooting occurred is just south of Greenwell Springs Road. 

Residents said the area is generally quiet, not a place where gunshots have become common. 

One woman who declined to give her name said she's lived in the small apartment complex for seven years and never seen anything like Tuesday's fatal shooting.

She was lying in bed about to fall asleep when she heard gunshots. She initially assumed they came from a surrounding neighborhood before realizing the shooting occurred just yards from her building.

"Nothing like that has ever happened over here," she said. "But everywhere you go now, all you hear about is violence."

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact the Violent Crimes Unit at (225) 389-4869 or Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867. 

Compiled from staff reports. To contact a crime reporter at The Advocate, email or call (225) 388-0369.