Before the sun rose Friday, Baton Rouge police found a man critically wounded by gunshots in north Baton Rouge, but within hours of detectives leaving the scene, life on Davenport Avenue had seemingly returned to business as usual.
By 11 a.m., some neighbors were boiling sausages in their front lawn, others hung out under a carport just a few houses down from where the shooting took place and cars came and went.
The only remaining sign of the city's latest homicide hung from a lamppost across from where the man had been found shot: a few pieces of ripped yellow police tape.
Sgt. L'Jean McKneely, a Baton Rouge police spokesman, said 30-year-old Jeremy Selvage of 1900 Blount Road was found about 4:20 a.m. shot and wounded in a driveway on Davenport Avenue, which is a subdivision off Scotland Avenue near the Baton Rouge Zoo.
Baton Rouge Emergency Medical Services took him to a hospital where he later died.
Some neighbors said they woke up to gunfire around 3 a.m., few realizing someone died until seeing later news reports.
"I heard the shots, and that's about it. … It may have been about 4 or 5," said neighbor Angela Hamilton, who has lived on the street for about 20 years.
In East Baton Rouge Parish, 82 people have been killed so far in 2018.
While she said it concerned her to learn of a homicide on her block, she said she's was not too upset because her street is normally quiet.
However, two other neighbors, who declined to give their names, were not surprised by the violence outside the home.
When asked about whether there was much violence in the area, one of the two neighbors shook his head and said, "Every goddamn day," as he walked by the driveway where Selvage was found.
Police have not yet identified a suspect or motive in the slaying, McKneely said. He asked anyone with information to contact the Violent Crimes Unit at 389-4869 or Crime Stoppers at 344-7867.
Can't see video below? Click here.