An aspiring rapper and father was killed in a Sunday night shooting at a mobile home park off Victoria Drive, one of two people struck by gunfire in a confrontation that police believe escalated from an earlier altercation.
Jeremiah Hall, 26, and an unidentified 25-year-old man were both transported to a hospital after the shooting, said Baton Rouge Police spokesman Sgt. Don Coppola Jr. Hall later died of his injuries, but the other man is expected to survive.
Tyree Richard, 20, was arrested in the shooting, accused of approaching Hall and the other man with a gun to confront them about an earlier incident involving Richard's brother and Hall, according to his arrest report.
Hall was shot about 10 p.m., just yards away from where his family said he lived in Nelson's Mobile Home Village at 3579 Victoria Drive, off Airline Highway.
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Hall's family said he was an aspiring rapper, who performed under the name was 'Jeremiah da Profit.' They said Monday they did not know why he was shot.
"They have people who just hate you because you are loved — and he was loved," Hall's godmother, Sonia Taylor, said. "Everybody has faults, but he was a good child."
Hall was engaged to the mother of his two-year-old son.
"He didn't do nothing to deserve this," said Olivia Storks, Halls' fiancee. "He was a good husband, son and the best father."
Storks said Hall was not someone who would start fights, but said he also would not back down, especially when his family was involved.
"He stood his ground," Storks said.
Taylor said she had known Hall since he was a boy, growing up in Baton Rouge. She said he was always respectful and looked out for the people closest to him.
"He was always family-oriented," Taylor said. "He was a giver."
She said he had just started to see some success with rapping, performing at local venues and filming music videos.
"He was coming up in this world," Taylor said. "He was coming from out of this."
Richard admitted to investigators that he brought a gun to the location to shoot Hall, his arrest report says. When he arrived, he found Hall walking with another man, revealed his handgun and shot one time at Hall, the report says. The man with Hall then fired back, so Richard continued shooting in their direction.
Richard, of 5685 Winchester Drive, was booked into Parish Prison on a count of second-degree murder.
Police do not believe the Sunday incident was connected to the Saturday evening shooting on Melon Court where another man died, which occurred a half-mile away.