A 19-year-old man was killed in a shooting Tuesday evening near the back of an abandoned residence on Jackson Avenue, just off North Acadian Thruway, according to Baton Rouge Police.
Charvon Johnson, the father of a 2-year-old girl, died later at the hospital from the shooting, which happened about 5:30 p.m.
Family and neighbors said Johnson didn't live on the street, but often visited relatives who lived there. Many family members struggled to speak about their loved one so soon after his death.
Johnson was shot at an abandoned home, just two houses down from where his relatives lived. The home where he died was overgrown with trees and bushes in the front yard, and many windows were busted out. However, the driveway was clear, which led to the back of the house.
Neighbor Vincent Simpson, 58, said he heard the shooting — about four or five shots — Tuesday evening while working outside on a truck. He said he got up and looked for signs of a shooting but saw nothing out of the ordinary. He said it looked just as quiet as it did on Wednesday morning.
"I thought it was just another random shooting in the neighborhood," Simpson said Wednesday, which happens periodically when someone might fire a gun into the air. "I got back under the truck and just kept working."
He said it wasn't until about 20 minutes later that he realized someone was mortally wounded.
Simpson said he knew Johnson, but not personally. He said Johnson had recently purchased a car, and asked him to do some work on it, like a tune up and oil change, which he was planning to do for the teen.
But Simpson also expressed concern about the abandoned house on their block, noting another shooting happened there months ago. Though no one was injured, one of Simpson's vehicles was struck. Lisa Coleman, whose mother lives next door to the vacant lot, agreed the vacant house is a problem.
"Something like that invites crime," Coleman, 52, said. "It shouldn't have to take someone's life to at least clean the place up."
Coleman said her mother heard the shooting and called her.
"She called me, (and said) 'There's police out here, it's like a war zone,'" Coleman said.
Police said there are no known suspects or motives at this time.
Officials urged anyone with information to contact the Violent Crimes Unit at 389-4869 or Crime Stoppers at 344-7867.
This story will be updated.
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