A young woman was killed Wednesday night in a shooting on College Drive while walking on the sidewalk near an apartment where she was temporarily living, officials and family said Thursday.
Dedawn Jewell Bush, 20, of Baton Rouge, was fatally shot around 9 p.m. near the intersection of College Drive and Bardwell Drive after a man approached her and open fired, Baton Rouge police spokesman Sgt. L'Jean McKneely Jr. said. After shooting Bush, the man fled on foot heading north.
Investigators found Bush on the sidewalk in the 2100 block of College Drive outside of the Bienville Tower Apartments, but her aunt, Shalona Bush Lewis, said Bush was temporarily staying with a friend at the apartment complex next door.
Bush, a 2017 Belaire High School graduate, had recently started a new job at a Government Street business and a job training program at Camelot College, Lewis said. She called Bush, who previously worked at an area Circle K, a workaholic with dreams of one day achieving a career in the medical field as a nurse. Bush's late father was Lewis's youngest brother.
"She always kept a job," said Bush's cousin Darien Trask. "She always loved helping people. You just had to give her one call and she was there. … I think that's why she wanted to be a nurse to help people."
Trask and Lewis, who is Trask's mother, both described Bush as very sweet and forgiving. They said she had many friends and six siblings.
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On Wednesday night, a number of officers were stationed in the road, blocking northeastern traffic starting at Corporate Boulevard late Wednesday while others investigated the scene. Police set up crime scene tape around where the body remained on the sidewalk.
By Thursday afternoon, all that remained on the scene was a small hole dug out in the grass near where Bush was killed.
A resident at the Bienville Tower Apartments, who declined to be identified, said she was home on Wednesday night and heard at least six shots. She said the fatal shooting was unusual for the area and that the complex houses many college-aged students.
Police are asking anyone with information about the incident to contact the Baton Rouge Police Violent Crimes Unit at (225) 389-4869 or Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.
In East Baton Rouge Parish, 52 people have been killed so far in 2018.