The fatal shooting of a 25-year-old man on Cyrus Avenue late Sunday night capped an especially violent weekend in the capital city that saw four people shot dead within two days.
Baton Rouge police say George Pikes, 25, died of gunshot wounds Sunday night around 8:45 in the 6300 block of Cyrus Avenue. Authorities say there's no motive or suspect at this time.
Saturday night, Steven Dixon II, 25, was found lying in the street with multiple gunshot wounds near his home in the 6200 block of Blueberry Street, according to Baton Rouge Police. Authorities haven’t said what prompted the shooting.
Two other men were shot in separate instances Saturday. The shootings happened hours apart from one another, and police hadn’t made any arrests as of Monday morning.
Two 38-year-old Baton Rouge men were shot and killed hours apart from each other in separate and apparently unrelated incidents on a violent S…
Bobby M. Holliday, a 38-year-old Baton Rouge resident who was set to marry his longtime girlfriend in the coming days, was shot and killed Saturday afternoon in the 5200 block of Enterprise Street, authorities and his fiancée said.
A few hours later, Donald Joseph Jr., 38, of Baton Rouge, was fatally shot in the 1500 block of Curtis Street near Southern University.
None of the killings appear to be related, but investigators haven’t ruled out the possibility, said Baton Rouge Police spokesman Sgt. L’Jean McKneely Jr.
Homicide detectives Sunday were canvassing the neighborhood around Blueberry Street, near Ardenwood Drive, where the third killing happened around 11:30 p.m. Saturday. It's a residential area with a park and a church on the corner.
In East Baton Rouge Parish, 83 people were killed in 2019.
McKneely urged anyone with information to any of the three killings to contact the Violent Crimes Unit at 389-4869 or Crime Stoppers at 344-7867.
Despite the recent rash of violence, homicides in the parish are below prior years and have declined since 2017— the deadliest year in recorded history that saw more than 100 homicides in Baton Rouge.
Despite the overall downward trend, officials have observed a spike in killings that they say typically happens between November until the end of the year. But law enforcement officials haven’t pinpointed the cause for the uptick.
“There’s really no rhyme or reason to it,” said East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore III. He speculated that people having more time off of work, especially around the holidays, as a possible factor.
Homicides during the months of November and December accounted for more than a quarter of the 87 killings the city-parish in 2018. Figures compiled by The Advocate in past years show a similar upward trend starting in November.
The four recent shooting deaths have driven this month’s homicide total to five and adds to the 62 killings that have happened so far this year.
Three homicides on the same day and hours apart are rare, Moore said, but the close timing puts a strain on the police department's investigative resources.
“It’s difficult for them to put in the manpower,” Moore said. "I know they’re not sleeping and (are) working real hard.”