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The coroner's office removes a victim from the scene as Baton Rouge Police investigate the scene of a double homicide, Friday, November 20, 2020, on Sherwood Forest Boulevard near the Wise Communications business in Baton Rouge, La.

Baton Rouge Police have called a news conference for Monday morning to discuss the five homicides that occurred on Friday in multiple areas of the city.


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Baton Rouge has seen more than 100 homicides this year, according to unofficial records maintained by The Advocate. While investigating a double homicide on South Sherwood Forest Boulevard late Friday, two other killings occurred.

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Authorities responded to a home invasion and shooting that took place around 7 p.m. Friday in the 3700 block of Eleanor Drive, according to Sgt. L'Jean McKneely Jr. 

McKneely said several people entered a home on the street armed with handguns when the homeowner fired shots at them, striking two of the intruders.

After they were hit, the suspects drove to a Race Trac gas station in the 8000 block of Airline Highway, where police and emergency personnel responded to the scene. 

Altren Dukes, 19, of Port Allen, died from his injuries, and another suspect that police did not name was taken to a hospital with gunshot injuries, McKneely said.  

A third suspect, 29-year-old Dewayne Davis, also of Port Allen, was booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison as a fugitive from justice in West Baton Rouge Parish. 

It was the fourth fatal shooting reported on Friday. All involved either robbery or home invasion as motive.

Two people were shot and killed on S. Sherwood Forest Boulevard around 12:30 p.m. during a robbery — both the intended target and the robber. Another man was discovered dead in a motel on Airline Highway Friday morning, near the road's intersection with North Foster Drive.

By 9:30 p.m., a fifth shooting death was reported on Aster Street near what appeared to be an apartment complex. McKneely said at least one person — 54-year-old Brian Dawson — was killed and the coroner was called to the scene. Few other details have been released and police have yet to identify the person killed. 

Police also urged anyone with additional information relative to the Eleanor Street shooting to contact the Violent Crimes Unit at 389-4869 or Crime Stoppers at 344-STOP(7867).


Email Jacqueline DeRobertis at jderobertis@theadvocate.com