A 22-year-old man was shot to death Saturday morning after someone broke into his North Donmoor Avenue apartment and robbed him, Baton Rouge Police spokesman Sgt. L'Jean McKneely Jr. said.
Police identified the victim as Baton Rouge resident Samuel Chocico.
Detectives said an unknown man forced his way into Chocico’s apartment at the Bon Carre Court at Donmoor complex, robbed him and shot him multiple times. A witness reported shots early Saturday, and emergency personnel said they received a call at 7:18 a.m.
East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner Dr. Beau Clark said an autopsy was scheduled for Monday.
Strands of red and yellow police tape stretched from the side of one of the complex buildings, where a window had been shattered, around the corner to a courtyard and then to the front of the Chocico’s apartment. A piece of plywood covered a fraction of the empty pane from the inside.
Apartment residents crowded the roped-off courtyard in the sweltering heat, while passersby pressed their faces through the black bars of the complex gates for a better view. Others sat in the shade watching detectives inspect the unit.
A man who would identify himself only as one of Chocico’s co-workers at a construction company went to the apartment after learning the man had died. He described the victim as “humble and quiet.”
“One day I even asked him, ‘Hey dude, do you know Spanish, English?’” the co-worker said. “He never talked.”
Chocico had told his co-worker two people had broken into his home in the past week and stolen clothes, backpacks and items from his kitchen. He had reported the broken window. Chocico placed a wooden board borrowed from work to cover the window himself.
To the co-worker’s knowledge, four men lived in the unit where the shooting occurred. Two had gone to work that morning, and two had stayed home. It’s not clear whether the other man in the unit was present or injured.
The Bon Carre Court at Donmoor apartments are across from Saia Park, where children and families played as patrol cars and the coroner’s van entered and exited the complex.